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Flowing Wells Library to close for a year as expansion nearly triples size

An expansion of the Flowing Wells Library will grow the facility to 13,000 square feet, nearly tripling its size, with a multipurpose room, children's room, patio and an updated collection. The library will be closed beginning October 1, and is expected to reopen in late summer next year, officials said.

The building, 1730 W. Wetmore Rd., is now 5,000 square feet, and opened in 2008. The $3.1 million expansion project was approved last year by Pima County, and is being paid for out of the library system's budget over three fiscal years.

The revamped library will feature, according to Pima County Public Library spokeswoman Holly Shaffer:

  • A large multipurpose room, a room for children's programming, and three study rooms
  • More public use computers
  • Outdoor patio with WiFi access
  • Separate designated spaces for teens and children
  • Family restroom
  • New furniture
  • Updated collection

Planning documents from last year indicated that expansion could mean growing the collection at the library from about 13,000 books, CDs and DVDs to about 40,000 items. Additional parking spaces may also be added.

There will be an open house on August 17 at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd., where community members can learn more about the project.

During the construction project, the county bookmobile will be at the Ellie Towne Center on the second Monday (10 a.m.–noon) and fourth Friday (3:30–5:30 p.m.) monthly beginning October 9. The computer lab at the center will be open longer (9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday-Friday) throughout the renovation.

"Closing a library for any amount of time is not something we like to do, but we believe the changes will help us serve our community better," said library manager Karen Greaber. "I'm sure our customers will be thrilled to see the upgrades we've got in store."

"Reserves will not be available for pickup at Flowing Wells Library during the closure," Schaffer said. "Beginning immediately, customers should choose an alternate location when reserving library materials online."

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Nearby libraries are:

  • Woods Memorial Library, 3445 N. First Ave.
  • Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Rd.
  • El Rio Library, 1390 W. Speedway
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