The Abilene Public Library's South Branch will close Sept. 20 at 9 p.m., signaling the start of its move to the Mall of Abilene.
The new South Side branch will feature a variety of new services and amenities, including new programming, a quiet reading room, a meeting/activity room, a teen room and private study rooms.
During the closure, regularly scheduled programs and storytimes will be canceled, with a new program lineup implemented in November. All books, movies, literacy kits, audiobooks and magazines at the location will be unavailable.
The APL has hired a company to move the South Branch's collection to the Mall, 4310 Buffalo Gap Road, said Lori Grumet, city librarian.
"We anticipate three days with the moving company - staff will also be packing small items and assisting in the organization at each site," Grumet said.
The library will not be able to set up in the new space until flooring is completed, something that "we do not have a firm date for," she said.
"It will take some time as we also have to have new furniture delivered and installed," Grumet said.
The branch is expected to have its grand opening in October, according to the city's website.
After Sept. 20, South Branch library materials should be returned to the APL's main branch at 202 Cedar Street, or the Mockingbird Branch, 1326 North Mockingbird Lane.
Holds for pickup at the South Branch will be transferred to the Main Library on Sept. 21. Future holds will be at the main branch until the Mall location opens.
For assistance during the closure, contact the main branch at 325-677-2474, or the Mockingbird Branch at 325-437-7323.
Patrons may also contact South Branch Manager, Tremain Jackson, via email.