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Cobb Library System announces closing date for Gritters Library to prepare for a new building

a computer rendering of the new Gritters Library
May 19, 2023

Gritters Library will close on June 17 to allow for the construction of a new library at the site in Shaw Park, off Canton Road, in northeast Cobb.  The current building will close at 5 p.m. on the 17th, with crews moving out materials the following week.

The new facility will house a new Gritters Library and a community center, featuring space for the county PARKS department, community meetings, and CobbWorks workforce development programs. The new building will cost $9.8 million, funded by a combination of the county Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), state and federal grants, and the county’s fund balance. The contractor for the design-build project is Batson-Cook Construction.

During the rebuild of the new Gritters Library, Mountain View Regional Library will serve as the go-to location for Gritters patrons. Mountain View Library is located at 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta 30066, south of the Shallowford Road intersection.

Gritters Library opened on Nov. 19, 1973, and over the years, the building developed multiple issues making it impossible to renovate. The Library System calculates the Gritters service area now has a population of more than 62,000 people within a three-mile radius. Within a five-mile radius are five elementary, four middle, and two high schools.

The new Gritters Library design will accommodate the evolving information needs of the Gritters user community, focusing on workforce development, job skills, and lifelong learning.​