75% of Columbia County residents voted in favor of the Special Local Option Sales Tax, which includes $8.3 million  for a new main library in Columbia County. 

Designed by Craig, Gaulden, Davis of Greenville and the Hinman Group of Augusta, the new library is a mix of contemporary and neo-classical styles. The two-story, 51,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Evans Town Center next to the Government Complex and the courthouse annex. It is expected to accommodate growth through the year 2020 and a population size of 110,000. 

Features  include:

  • 330 seat multi-purpose room/ performing arts theater
  • Meeting rooms and classroom
  • Friends of the Library gift shop
  • Coffee shop
  • Computer center
  • Children's program room
  • Local history and genealogy room
  • Plenty of room for books, computers, people and parking. 

Design work continues in 2001, construction begins in 2002 and the new library will be ready for  the public in 2003.  Construction will  also be supplemented with private fundraising by the Columbia County Library Foundation.

The new main library will replace Gibbs Library once completed. Gibbs was designed in 1982  to serve a community of 20,000 and now serves a county of 98,000 people.  At 9,475 square feet, Gibbs is one-sixth the size recommended by per-capita standards.