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New Vinton Branch Library opens its doors to the public

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ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - The new Vinton Branch Library will open after a public dedication ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18.

The new 23,000 sq. ft. library is located at 300 South Pollard Street in downtown Vinton.

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It replaces the former 9,400-square-foot facility on Washington Avenue, near the Vinton War Memorial, officials say.

HBM Architects of Cleveland, OH, a nationally renowned firm that has designed or redesigned more than 250 libraries around the country, including the County's South County and Glenvar libraries, served as architects on this project.

OWPR, located in Blacksburg, provided engineering services. Roanoke-based Avis Construction was general contractor.

A standout feature of the new Vinton library is The Studio. This "makerspace" offers community access to emerging technologies, devices that convert personal media formats, and software for artistic expression.

Officials say this creative space will be upfitted with a 3-D printer, LP converter, VHS/DVD converter, cricut machine, and pen and touch tablet. There is no charge to use the actual space, but it must be reserved and there is a nominal charge for consumables.

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company will operate the second floor coffee shop.

Other features of the new library include:

  • Drive-through book return/pick-up window
  • 100-seat dividable meeting room, 8-seat conference room, and 2 study rooms
  • The Studio makerspace
  • Café with indoor seating and rooftop patio
  • 2 fireplaces
  • 2 self-checkout stations
  • 42 public computers
  • Green roof, plenty of natural daylighting, mountain views
  • Separate teens' and children's areas
  • Covered drop-off near entrance
  • Small business center
  • Ample parking with accessible spaces next to the building and expanded on-street parking nearby

Roanoke County officials say on-site parking for the event is limited to those with a DMV-issued handicapped tag or placard. Adjacent street parking is available, as are spaces behind the municipal building, which is across the street from the new Vinton Library. Additional parking is available at Vinton Baptist Church.

Shuttle service to and from the church will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday with the last shuttle leaving the library at noon.