Mayor Dwight C. Jones joined City Council Vice President Ellen Robertson and Director of Richmond Public Library Harriet Henderson in a ribbon cutting ceremony today to reopen the newly renovated Hull Street Library at 1400 Hull Street.
Mayor Jones stated that, “So many of us depend on libraries and the vital programs offered to youth and adults are immeasurable. It is imperative that we invest in our future by upgrading our infrastructure and enhancing the opportunities for future generations by building new schools and renovating our libraries. Libraries are critical resources of education and improvements such as those performed to the Hull Street Library are a priority.”
New library features include lighting, carpet and paint, furniture, computers, PC reservation station, meeting room with audio and visual system, and a teen selection area. Renovations to the Hull Street Library began during the winter of 2010. The library was originally constructed in 1987.
Mayor Jones first announced the library renovations in March 2009 during his biennial budget proposal to City Council. More than $9 million, over the term of the project, has been set aside to complete renovations to all City libraries. Renovations to the North Avenue Library and Westover Hills Library were completed in 2010. Renovation funding is provided through the “Building a Better Richmond” fund of the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.
To celebrate the reopening, overdue fines on books and materials returned to the Hull Street Library, from August 15 through 20, will be forgiven.