Within the next couple of months, Houston County residents will have access to two brand new library facilities.
The Houston-Love Memorial Library’s new downtown location is expected to open simultaneously with the new Westgate Park location by early February.
Earlier this month, library director Bettye Forbus said a tentative grand opening is planned for Feb. 3, with a “soft opening” set for Jan. 21.
The libraries, funded through a combination of private donations and support from the governments of Dothan and Houston County, will provide significant technological upgrades over the previous downtown location.
Both facilities were under construction throughout 2013, but significant rainstorms delayed the project at various times.
Forbus said earlier in 2013 that the Westgate location will have a wider selection of titles, but the downtown building will continue to serve as the administrative hub and the primary in-depth research center.
She also emphasized that traditional books will continue to be emphasized, though access to digital reading devices and computers is essential.
Local officials believe the libraries will be another attractive aspect of the city that could lure business to the area.
The new downtown location could enhance the growth in that area of the city.
“The libraries opening up, that’s a positive part of Dothan,” Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz said. “Downtown continues to grow, and more companies are moving downtown.”