The Crozet Library is packing up and preparing to close its doors. The library that's tightly packed into an old train station will make the move to its new, nearly $6 million home in a week.
The county is about to add a new chapter to the library's history. Crews are piecing together book shelves and furniture to fill the new 18,000-square-foot facility. Right now, they're finishing a list of last-minute interior fixes to prepare the new library for its first visitors.
The new library has study rooms and conference space, a separate section for teens, and a fireplace lounge with tall windows looking out to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
"I think most people will agree it was worth waiting for," said John Halliday, director of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. "I think people are really going to be impressed with this beautiful building. But more importantly, this is really going to be an educational and cultural center for all of western Albemarle County and anybody else who wants to visit.
Staff members are packing up the train station library and its 35,000 books that will make the move.
The library closes for good on Friday at 1 p.m. Next Tuesday at 10 a.m., the library is inviting volunteers to form a book brigade to pass books by hand from the old library, through the square, to the new library.