On Aug. 8, construction officially began on Carrboro’s 203 Project, a multipurpose structure at 203 S. Greensboro St. The structure will house a new Orange County Southern Branch Library and various local organizations.
While the Town of Carrboro held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 5 at the site, work did not begin until this month.
In an email, Orange County Public Library Communications Manager Libby Hough said the Southern Branch Library will hold a diverse collection of books alongside meeting and program spaces for the community.
Carrboro resident and UNC-Greensboro graduate student Melody Kramer said she is excited about the project because of how accessible its resources will be to the surrounding community.
“I am really excited that it will be really accessible – and people in Carrboro will be able to bike, walk or get to it rather easily,” she said. “To have a space where people can go and be welcome, no matter who or what they are is just lovely to have.”
Currently, the Chapel Hill Public Library is the closest large public library to Carrboro. The location may be more difficult for Carrboro residents who might rely on public transportation for access, Kramer said.
“If you’re relying on public transportation, the buses don’t go in front of the library, they go to Franklin Street,” she said. “And then you have to walk up a hill for a few blocks which is challenging, I think, for people.”
The Friends of the Southern Branch Library, an organization that aims to provide resources to library and literacy services in Carrboro, has advocated for a freestanding library to serve residents for the last 35 years, according to their website.
Along with the library space, the building at 203 S. Greensboro St. will house community resources like the Orange County Skills Development Center, the Virtual Justice Center, the Carrboro Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department and WCOM Radio.