HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Free Library will open a temporary downtown site while its South Potomac Street branch is expanded, board President Art Callaham said Tuesday.
The library will use the first floor of the Susquehanna Bank building at 55-59 W. Washington St.
There also will be a temporary branch in the North Pointe Shopping Center, off U.S. 11, north of Hagerstown.
Under lease agreements, the library will pay $3,000 a month at each spot, Callaham said.
A $24 million renovation and expansion project at the library's main branch is expected to start in November and take 18 to 24 months.
Construction bids are due Sept. 22. It could take another month beyond then to select a contractor, Callaham has said.
Using the Susquehanna Bank building ensures that downtown patrons won't have to go far for library materials while the main branch is closed during the renovation project. Callaham said the board promised a convenient temporary downtown branch.