Dothan Library Committee Formed

The Dothan City Commission and Houston-Love Memorial Library board are working to move the library project forward.

Leaky ceilings and lack of space continue to be a problem at the current library location. With the formation of a new committee, the project may come to fruition.

The search continues for a new location for the Houston-Love Memorial Library. At this time, no ideas are being turned away.

Cherie Chason, a member of the Houston-Love Memorial Library Board, said, "The library board feels like we are looking at all possibilites for getting a new library that is our goal."

A possible front runner in the competition, Movie Gallery's corporate office on Main Street.

"The pros are parking and the footage in the building, the building is huge," said Taylor Barbaree, Dothan City Commissioner.

Chason said, "The biggest possible negative for the Movie Gallery building is that it's older and the library hasn't ever had a building built for its needs. The main negative would be we were moving to a building not actually built to meet our needs."

There could be a roadblock for proponents of the movie gallery location...right now a potential buyer has thrown his name in the mix and if the city doesn't move quickly they may lose out on the deal.

However, neither the board nor committee is set on the location at this time.

Barbaree said, "The committee isn't here to push either way, but we owe it to the public to investigate all options."

The library board would like to see a new building constructed, but say it's all about location.

"We want to keep the library where it is accessible by all citizens. A lot of patrons travel by foot or public transportation and we feel it's important that we stay in a central location where people are already doing their business," said Chason.

The library committee decided Friday to look further into the Movie Gallery building location.

The city has set no time limit to make a decision on a location for the new library.

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  • by Citizen on Dec 6, 2008 at 04:49 AM
    Information available at libraries is being rapidly digitized. In a few years, most of reference and research information will be available via the internet. Some information is already available. Amazon's Kindle is gaining in popularity so that again in a few years, only people who have no computer access will need "paper" books. The new library should be prepared for this eventual digitization.
  • by Ada Dansby Location: Dothan, Alabama on Dec 5, 2008 at 05:44 PM
    Dothan does not need a second hand rated shopping center, the oldest in the city ?, to put our new Library. Please send a committeee to Panama city, Fl and check out their state of the arts Library. I was appalled when the Down Town Area was being considered and am double appalled by the consideration of the Movie Gallery building. There will always be repair repair and repair. Who would want to go to the library at night in that area? Would there be round the clock police protection? What happens when the stores in that strip mall are closed and then we have an even worse eyesore. Please be responsible. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
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