After being closed for 15 months, the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, reopened on Nov. 14.
Patrons and area residents were there to check out the $4.75-million renovation.
The branch added new adult, teens and kids’ spaces; new meeting spaces; an expanded lobby; renovated makerspace; a new central service area; improved landscaping and outdoor patios; and upgraded the drive-through.
In all, the 18,169-square-foot branch got a complete, floor-to-ceiling remodel thanks to the General Obligation Bond (GO Bond) Referendum Pasco voters passed in 2018.
While the Land O’ Lakes Branch has reopened, work continues to upgrade the Hugh Embry Branch Library, at 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, and the South Holiday Branch Library, at 4649 Mile Stretch Drive.
The Land O’ Lakes Branch began as a small section of a county building on U.S. 41, but later was moved to a larger location because of its popularity. In 1980, it became an official part of the Pasco County Library Collective and moved into a Land O’ Lakes plaza storefront in 1988.
The branch at its current location was built through a $10-million bond referendum passed by Pasco County voters in 1986 to improve public library services and build new parks countywide.
The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library opened to the public on Dec. 12, 1991.
Published November 23, 2022