LUBBOCK, TX -- The Godeke Branch Library will close on May 27th in order to get ready to move to the new location, meaning there will be one less library branch open this summer.
In February, the City Council decided where the new Godeke branch would be, which is near 50th and Frankford. The new location still needs to be renovated, and that's why the library has to close for a few months.
No summer programs were scheduled at the current Godeke branch on Slide, that's because they weren't sure when it would be closing to get them ready for their new location. So far, the Library Director, Jane Clausen, said the inside of the new building has been gutted.
For sure, Godeke will be closed for the summer months, and they expect to have the new location open in the fall, but no date set for sure just yet.
"I would hate to say something, and then, you know, not, because there are delays, the inevitable delays, so I would hate to put a date on it and then people expect it to be open, we're not. But, we're working diligently to get it re-opened," Clausen said.
Clausen also said that for the months of July, August and September, the City won't be paying rent for either of the Godeke Branches, as they will be out of the lease at their current location after June and their new rent payments don't start until October 1st.
The staff will not start packing up books at the Slide location until May 28th, and the staff from that location will work at other branches to help out during the busy summer months.