Exterior of the Ponce Library (Courtesy Friends of Ponce de Leon Library)

The Ponce de Leon Library branch of the Atlanta Fulton County Library System will finally close for planned renovations at 6 p.m. on Nov. 4. Construction is expected to take approximately six months to complete.
The library was originally supposed to close in July, but plans to remove trees from the property at 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue caused community backlash. A new plan has been created to keep more trees in place, but the Friends of the Ponce Library organization are still unhappy with some of the changes to the branch.
Specifically, the Friends group is against the removal of staff at a main circulation desk and the installation of self-service kiosks for patrons to check out books and material. They also said the addition of more computers for public use and the addition of vending machines will be a distraction for staff. Whether these issues will be addressed by the library system is unknown.
The renovation of the Ponce Library is part of the system’s ongoing capital renovation program to modernize 23 of the county’s 34 libraries. Upgrades  at Ponce will include  new HVAC systems, roofing, upgraded technology, improved layouts, new shelving, study rooms, ADA accessible restrooms, and more.
Patrons are reminded to transfer hold items, locate a nearby library to return library materials and search for library programs at http://afpls.org/locations or use the system’s library locator tool to search for an alternate library.

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