Wilmington Library Reopens with a New Focus

In January, Governor Jack Markell and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams joined library donors to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Wilmington Library.  Feedback from internal surveys and advisors helped inform the changes made as part of the $11 million project.

The library now features seven conference rooms, a technology center, and free wireless internet throughout the building as part of an effort to make the library more of a community hub. The library also now features a job center to assist people with resume preparation and provide access to the technology needed to seek employment. Wilmington is one of four libraries around the state that hosts job centers that were originally started and funded through the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation.

Wilmington Library’s reopening comes on the heels of a handful of state sponsored library projects over the past few years. The state allocated $5 million over a span of three years to this project.

“There are so many people who say ‘Why do we have libraries anymore?” said Governor Markell. “But what happens is when we make these kinds of investments is that we find that the libraries are more popular than they’ve ever been. They’ve become such centers of our community.”

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