In downtown Carrboro, the town’s hip crowd has access to everything they could ever desire: coffee shops, an organic market and a community arts theater. Everything, that is, except for a substantial town library.
There have been talks of constructing a Carrboro branch of the Orange County Public Library for decades, but the Orange County Board of Commissioners and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen have struggled to find a viable location at which to build the proposed Southern Branch Library.
Now the county is suggesting that the library be built on a town-owned lot located on South Greensboro Street, next to Open Eye Café. Many residents are excited about the prospect of a pedestrian-accessible library that is right in the heart of downtown Carrboro.
“I think it would be fabulous, because there is such a pedestrian and bike population here. It sounds ideal,” Carrboro resident Mary Hughes Brookhart said.
If the lot is approved, the town and the county hope that the library will serve as more than a place to check out books.