At 19,919 square feet, new building is 4,000 square feet larger than old location

HENDERSON, Nev. – Henderson Libraries’ new James I. Gibson Library – located at 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway – will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday, July 7. The library will open to the public that day at 9:30 a.m.

Between its children’s programs, adult classes, books, programs and services, the James I. Gibson Library had outgrown its space on S. Water Street in downtown Henderson.  And with the economy in its fragile state, the cost of construction was dramatically less than it would normally be, creating the perfect opportunity for Henderson Libraries to move forward with its plans to construct a newer, larger Gibson building.

“This new, more visible location will allow us to continue our mission to cultivate a literate community by providing every citizen free access to books and information resources – something more and more people are taking advantage of as a result of the economy,” said Tom Fay, executive director for Henderson Libraries. “Through increasing our visibility and capacity, we will be able to expand our reach, increase our services and thus, serve even more of the Henderson community.”

Constructed by R&O Construction and designed by RSJ Architecture, the new location features a drive thru window for requested material, a computer lab for up to 25 users, a teen area and larger rooms for library programming. At 19,919 square feet, the new building is 4,000 square feet larger than its older counterpart, and there is space on the site to add an additional 7,000 square feet in the future. The new site is more visible and will also alleviate parking issues, which the old location dealt with on a regular basis due to the library’s increasing popularity.

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates six locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

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