(artist's rendering of possible design for new Seneca Library)
Welcome to the NEW Library!
We look forward to someday very soon being able to say that as patrons walk through the doors of our new facilities. The Oconee County Public Library is not only planning a new building in Seneca, but is also planning improvements and additions to all county library facilities.
Our five year capital plan includes a new Seneca Library, renovations to the libraries in Westminster and Walhalla, an expansion of the Westminster Library (approx. $1 million), a new library in the southern part of the county (South County Branch in Fair Play), and additional renovations to the Walhalla Library and a stand-alone Salem Branch. A new bookmobile is also in the works.
See the floor plans of the proposed expansion of the Westminster Branch here.
See a brief history of the OCPL space project and Seneca Library here.
See the final report of David Warren and Providence Associates, LLC by clicking here.
Also see the attachment that outlines the space allocations and suggestions from the study here.
Although the OCPL Board of Trustees voted 4-3 (with the chair abstaining) in May of 2013 to place the new Seneca Library on a property at the junction of U.S. 123 and S.C. 130, they rescinded that vote at the November, 2013 Library Board meeting, and voted UNANIMOUSLY to place the new Seneca Library on the site of the existing branch, pending acquisition of property from the City of Seneca and funding through Oconee County.
In January, 2014, the Board of Trustees of the OCPL went before the Capital Projects Sales Tax Commission with their application for the library system to be included on the ballot for a one-percent sales tax referendum for the general election in November, 2014.
Information on the library's application for inclusion in the Oconee County Capital Projects Sales Tax referendum for November, 2014:
Application and addendum (in PDF format):
NEW: The Oconee County Council, at its May 6, 2014 meeting, voted to prioritize the list of projects being submitted for the referendum in November, 2014. The Seneca Library project was given top priority.