Hamilton Building to open as county’s public library in Venice on Oct. 4

Venice Community Center library to close on Sept. 27

The Hamilton Building is owned by the City of Venice. Image courtesy Sarasota County
The Hamilton Building is owned by the City of Venice. Image courtesy Sarasota County

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4., staff of Sarasota County’s Libraries and Historical Department will welcome patrons to the renovated Hamilton Building, which will serve as a public library until a brand new county facility has been completed on Venice’s Cultural Campus.

The temporary library location at the Venice Community Center (VCC) will close on Tuesday, Sept. 27, so staff can prepare for moving to the larger site, a news release points out. However, a book return will remain in place at the VCC for patrons’ convenience.

Located behind the Venice Theatre at 260 N. Nokomis Ave., the renovated facility will feature a large collection of books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers, the release says. In addition, it will have a children’s area, expanded reading areas with increased seating, and more computers for public use, the release notes. It is “within walking distance of the scenic Intracoastal Waterway and Historic Main Street,” the release adds. A Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus stop is just one block away, the release points out.

“We’re simply delighted to unveil this enhanced library service for the citizens of Venice,” said Sarabeth Kalajian, director of libraries and historical resources, in the release. “Our dedicated helpful staff is ready and eager to welcome them.”

The new Sarasota County Public Library-Venice will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the release says.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.