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Library @ UMall to close March 16

This news release was posted to the Town of Chapel Hill website on 2/27/2013.

Staff prepares for busy spring moving “back home”

Library ExpansionThe Chapel Hill Public Library is getting ready to close in preparation for the move into the newly expanded library facility in Pritchard Park. The library will close on March 16 and remain closed for about three weeks, reopening at 100 Library Drive in early April.

While the library is closed, patrons will be unable to return books or other materials. Due dates for all materials will be adjusted during this time, so nothing is due and no fines will accrue. Chapel Hill Public Library materials cannot be returned to other libraries. Patrons are asked to hold on to their materials until the library reopens.

Services and programs will resume when the library reopens in April. Digital resources, e-Audiobooks, e-Magazines and eBooks will be available online through the library’s website and staff will be posting regular updates to the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages (@chpublib).

During the first half of March, crews will install new furniture and library shelves. A wide array of technology will be installed throughout the library, and all systems will be tested. Once the furniture, shelving and technology are in place, the library will close its doors in the University Mall to pack up collections and computers and move them over.

Moving an entire library is a complicated process. The Town has selected Hallett Movers to handle the move itself. Family owned for more than 75 years, Hallett Movers has been moving libraries for generations. Hallett will be moving library materials, shelves, computers, and back-of-house operations as quickly and efficiently as possible. After everything has been moved, staff will finish unpacking, complete all systems training and testing – and finally, they’ll put out the welcome mat.

In addition to the existing collections, the Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation has provided funds for new materials for opening day. These collection enhancements include hundreds of new books, audiobooks, music and movies for all ages, more foreign language books for adults and kids (including Korean!), more copies of popular titles, and a couple of new formats (Blu-ray DVDs, Playaway Views). These will be delivered to the new library, processed and shelved in preparation for the reopening.

Though it’s an exciting time, Library staff members ask that the community wait to visit until they officially reopen. For more information, see

Last updated: 28 February 2013