The long-awaited Melrose Library Branch opens Monday morning, and Roanoke city officials say the new addition will be a game-changer for the community.
“I’ve always thought that the strength in Roanoke is our neighborhood,” said Sheila Umberger, director of libraries for the city of Roanoke.
“We’re in the middle of the neighborhood which is exactly where we love to be.”
The new location, nestled in between Goodwill Industries of the Valleys and Youth HQ on Melrose Avenue, will provide the Melrose neighborhood with new resources like a new STEAM lab, small business center, brand new computers, a music lab, and a quiet reading room.
The library has also teamed up with Goodwill, and has moved the Goodwill Industries of the Valleys job training center to the new location.
“It’s going to be, like I say, a synergy of services,” said Umberger.
“A central campus of services for the community.”
The new building has been under construction for 14 months, and Umberger says more than 35,000 books have been moved since June 1, when the prior location closed. The library also received $100,000 for new books.
The ribbon cutting will be at 9:30 Monday morning, and the library will stay open until 8 p.m.