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Imagine Your Southern Branch Library

Orange County is currently evaluating locations for a new OCPL Southern Branch Library to replace the Carrboro Branch Library (in McDougle Middle School) and the Cybrary (in the Carrboro Century Center.)

This new library is currently scheduled in the Orange County Capital Investment Plan for 2016-17. The timeline below provides an overview of key planning efforts and Board of Orange County Commissioner (BOCC) decisions related to this project.


May 13, 2014 BOCC Work Session - Library Agenda Item

From public input gathered in March and April 2014, the county's library consultants put together a report for the BOCC. The report was presented at this work session.  The report made recommendations regarding services, programs and spaces, as well as a square footage range for the proposed library:


Spring 2014 Public Input

Thank you to everyone who attended the community engagement meetings on March 25 and April 12! The conversations were energetic and visioning activities fun. Your participation in this dialogue is critical to the progress of this project.

View the presentations from the March 25 and April 12 meetings.

The Southern Branch Library survey ran March 25 through April 28. Posted online and available at the Carrboro library locations, the survey generated nearly 50 responses from community members: Southern Branch Library Survey Results

Though the official period for public input is now over, comments are still welcome on the Southern Branch Library Facebook page. This page is maintained by the Friends of the Southern Branch Library.


January 23, 2014 BOCC Meeting - Library Agenda Item

In fulfillment of its commitment to an open and transparent process, the BOCC authorized county staff to begin the Public Input phase for the Brewer Lane site. To this end, the BOCC approved an agreement with Freelon Group Architects of Durham, NC, to facilitate the public input process with elected officials, the community and staff. It is anticipated that the public input phase will be completed in Spring 2014 and Freelon Group’s final report will be presented to the BOCC in late May or early June 2014.

Opportunities to participate in the input process will be posted on this website and advertised publicly once scheduled. Please check back soon for more information.


November 5, 2013 BOCC Meeting - Library Agenda Item

The Library, AMS and Planning departments presented updates to the BOCC following the responses received from the Town of Carrboro regarding the 3 properties in the process. At this meeting the BOCC directed staff to continue the due diligence process with 120 Brewer Lane, eliminating 1128 Hillsborough Road and 401 Fidelity Street.


October 17, 2013 BOCC Joint Meeting with Town of Carrboro - Library Agenda Item

The Library, AMS and Planning departments presented updates on the criteria process for the Southern Branch Library during the joint meeting of the Town of Carrboro officials and the BOCC.


September 12, 2013 BOCC Work Session - Library Agenda Item | Approved Minutes

The Library, AMS and Planning departments provided an update on the criteria process for the 7 properties, referred by the Town Carrboro, identified for the Southern Branch Library. During this work session, the BOCC selected three of the 7 sites for further evaluation for the next steps in the selection process. These sites were:

  1. 1128 Hillsborough Road
  2. Brewer Lane
  3. 401 Fidelity Street


June 18, 2013 BOCC Meeting - Library Agenda Item

The Library, AMS and Planning departments provided the BOCC with an update regarding the site criteria/selection process. Subsequent to the March meeting, the County Manager received a memo from the Town of Carrboro submitting 4 additional sites for review.

The 4 newly received properties from the Town of Carrboro were:

  1. 120 Brewer Lane
  2. 300 E. Main Street
  3. 203 S. Greensboro Street
  4. 201 N. Greensboro Street

County staff were charged with working on the first phase of the preliminary review – technical site assessment over the next 3 months.


March 19, 2013 BOCC Meeting - Library Agenda Item | Approved Minutes

The Library, AMS and Planning departments reviewed Siting Criteria results with the BOCC for properties referred by the Town of Carrboro.

These properties were:

  • 301 W. Main Street
  • 401 Fidelity Street
  • 1128 Hillsborough Street

During this meeting, the BOCC suggested that staff continue to:

  • consider other site
  • consider a multiple use facility
  • adopt a long-term vision
  • consider neighborhood demographics
  • consider parking needs
  • examine an urban library versus a rural library
  • honor the partnership with Carrboro


September 18, 2012 BOCC Meeting - Library Agenda Item | Approved Minutes

The Library, Asset Management Services (AMS) and Planning departments presented Final Recommendations for the Southern Branch Siting Criteria to the BOCC. During this meeting, the BOCC voted to approve the Southern Branch Library Locational Criteria and authorized the Chair to send a letter to the Town of Carrboro with the approved criteria and request for the Town to solicit sites based on the criteria.