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Eastover Opens New Library

For the last several months, an unfamiliar sound has been echoing down the streets of Eastover. The pounding of hammers and screaming saws is laced with a cadence of pride as a 5,200 square foot library slowly took shape on Main Street.

Nestled between town hall and several soon-to-be reclaimed historical buildings, Richland Library Eastover is a new feature in this growing community that lies nearly 20 miles southeast of Columbia.

A staple in the Eastover community since 1930, the library has lived in numerous rented storefronts before breaking ground on a permanent home in 1985. Over the last three decades, Eastover’s 5,400 residents have proved their need for more space, more computers and more access to the library’s resources.

Thanks to a USDA Rural Development grant and matching funds from Richland County, those requests will be answered on April 30 with the unveiling of the new $1.6 million renovation and expansion of Richland Library Eastover.

Highlights

  • Double the space—taking the library from 2,400 square feet to 5,200 square feet— see photos
  • Expanded hours and enhanced services
  • A meeting room, tutor room and additional computers
  • Integrated historical elements (more info | view now) that promote Lower Richland’s vibrant past
  • A state-of-the art children’s area with exciting new features from Edventure Children’s Museum

Richland Library Eastover is also pursuing LEED Silver Certification which would make it one of the first certified county-owned/municipal buildings in Richland County.