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Major Expansion - Renovations Planned for Jean M. Smith Branch of Greenville County Library System

July 18, 2018

Greenville, SC Work is set to begin late August to add 5,500 in new square footage and make interior renovations to the Jean M. Smith Branch of the Greenville County Library System, 505 Pennsylvania Avenue, Greer, SC.

“Greer’s population today is nearly two and a half times what it was when this location opened in 1995,” offers Beverly James, Executive Director of the Greenville County Library System. “This expansion/renovation project enables us to better accommodate the ever increasing use of technology and to offer a variety of special purpose spaces.”

When reopened, the branch will include the following:

  • expanded children’s area double the size of the current space;
  • dedicated space for teens;
  • enlarged community meeting room with seating for up to 120;
  • two new four-person conference rooms;
  • enclosed quiet space for reading and studying;
  • new interior finishes;
  • drive-up materials return;
  • family restroom;
  • nursing room, and
  • additional parking.

Effective Monday, July 30, 2018, the branch will be closed until the fall of 2019. During the closure, the public is invited to use the Burdette Branch at 316 W Main Street in Taylors or any of the other ten Greenville County Library System locations.

Beginning August 13, 2018, the Bookmobile will be available every other Monday from 1:45p-4:30p in the parking lot of the Greer First Baptist Church at 201 W Poinsett Street. Materials borrowed from the Jean M. Smith Branch in Greer may be returned to the Bookmobile or any Greenville County Library System location.

The $4,990,000 project budget is funded by the library system’s accumulated capital fund reserves with no bond issue necessary. Engraved pavers will be made available for purchase to raise additional support. Architecture firm is Craig Gaulden Davis, Greenville, SC and the general contractor is Clayton Construction Company, Spartanburg, SC.

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2018: New Year, New You

January 2, 2018

January Library Newsletter Front CoverWhat's your New Year's resolution?

Saving money? Getting healthy? Trying a new diet, learning yoga or meditation? How about just learning to use that new ereader or mobile device? Want to learn to code? Get new music? Or read 100 books this year?

We can help with all of that. Pick up a newsletter to find out more!


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library

September 19, 2017

Art ExhibitGreenville County Library System celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with free events that explore and share Hispanic history and culture through art, dance, poetry and more. 

Visit the Hughes Main Library on Heritage Green in downtown Greenville to explore the Colorful Lands/Tierras Coloridas art exhibit. Featuring twelve local artists including Diana Farfán, Elaine Quave, and Yelitza Diaz, the exhibit runs from September 1-October 31. Email explore@greenvillelibrary.org or call 527-9293 for more information.