- The renovated Georgetown Public Library branch reopens today for the first time a 2007 fire. (Photo: Jay Westcott)
The Georgetown Public Library branch officially reopens today (with a grand opening party set for Saturday, Oct. 23). It took more than three years to rebuild the library after a devastating fire destroyed most of it in April of 2007.
TBD previously offered you a couple of sneak peeks of the renovated building (in both still and video form!), but now that the $18 million project is complete, you'll want to check it out for yourself. A few pertinent details to know before you go:
- The library is reopening with a collection of 45,000 titles (that includes books, DVDs, CDs, etc.), none of which are original to the branch. The entire regular collection of the old library was lost to the fire.
- Remarkably, much of the library's Peabody Collection, which includes archival documents and artifacts that tell the history of Georgetown, was saved, and is already on display in the now-expanded Peabody Room, which takes up the entirety of the third floor.
- Most of the wood paneling you'll see inside the library is merely a convincing copy of the original. But a few mahogany tables and chairs from the old library were saved and restored, and can be seen in the new Peabody Room.
- The library will be closed on Sundays. Regular hours will now be Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- The real draw on nice days will be the new outdoor reading terrace that overlooks Book Hill Park. And as Georgetown Metropolitan reports, the library is considering inviting a food cart to set up on the parking lot so that the terrace can double as a cafe.