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Temporary Library Opens in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The temporary Richland Library is open, with all the books of the original, but in a much smaller space. The new building is on the corner of Lee Boulevard and Goethals Drive.

Organizers say planning for the move began in May and didn't finish up until the end of December.

Jeanette Mercier is the Circulation Desk Supervisor at the library. She says that each of the shelves and desks had to be carefully measured to make sure that the estimated 100,000 reading materials fit in a space that is almost 13,000 square feet smaller than the old library.

She said finishing the moving project took a lot of people working together.

Mercier says, "We had an opening date of [Thursday], January 3rd. Everything was geared to that. We worked hard with both staff help and volunteer help to get where we were [Thursday]."

The library will be open tomorrow and Saturday from 9:30 to 5 and Sunday from 1 to 5. Regular weekday hours start Monday from 9:30 to 9. The temporary library will be used for about a year and a half, while the old Northgate Avenue library is being renovated.