Tazewell County Public Library

Renovations News & Updates

January 2024

This update has been extracted from the November 2023 Board of Trustees meeting minutes. There is no current timeline for when the library will reopen.

“Ken Dunford gave updates on Tazewell. Tazewell’s floor is done. It took 30 truckloads of concrete, totaling almost 5,000 cubic yards, to stabilize a portion of the floor. The work was done from May 22- June 21, 2023. The floor then needed to sit for several weeks before being surveyed. This phase of repairs cost around $245,000 dollars. The next phase (the wall and roof beam) went out to bid and 1 company attended the mandatory pre-bid meeting. There were no bids submitted. Mr. Dunford has approached contractors and solicited quotes instead of going through the bid process again. Mr. Dunford has been in contact with 7 contractors and 4 have said they (the contractor) would look at the information. No one has submitted anything. Mr. Dunford has received a few timeframes ranging from 2025 to the first of 2024. Mr. Dunford said any interested party can contact him at 276-385-1254. The information for the project can be found online at: tazewellcountyva.org under the procurement tab.”

There is no current timeline for when the library will reopen.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the renovation take? 
The first stage of construction will take roughly three months to complete, from April through at least early July. After the compaction grouting is complete, the second stage to repair the damaged wall will need to go out to bid. After the second stage is complete, the carpet will need to be installed.

What will happen to the Tazewell library staff while it is closed? 
They will work at the other TCPL branches, located in Richlands, Bluefield, and Pocahontas.

What will happen to the collection at the Tazewell library? 
Most of the collection has been moved to the west side of the library and will remain there, protected by plastic. Newer and popular items will be available for checkout at the pop-up library Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of every week from 11-1.

Where will the pop-up be located? What will its hours be? 
The temporary pop-up location will be at the County Administrative building, 197 Main St. in Tazewell. It will be open from 11-1 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Where can I pick up my holds? 
You can either pick them up at the pop-up during regular hours, or you can have them sent to the Richlands, Bluefield, or Pocahontas branch.

Will the Tazewell book drop be open so I can return my items? 
No. The book drop will be closed starting May 1, and the front porch will not be accessible. Returns should either be brought to the pop-up during open hours, or taken to the Richlands, Bluefield, or Pocahontas branches. See the library’s hours here.

Will the wi-fi still work outside the library? 

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