Catching up with the St. Stephen library

  • Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Editor’s Note: Dave Munday wrote about the St. Stephen library in “St. Stephen gets library grant,” published in Your Lowcountry on Jan. 5, 2012. We caught up with the library to see how things have been going since then.

By Jade McDuffie

The construction of the new St. Stephen library is taking longer than expected, but Berkeley County Library Director Donna Osborne said, “It will be worth the wait.”

Last January, the St. Stephen library received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state that, combined with money from Berkeley County, would allow it to fund a new library. The new library will be housed in the old St. Stephen Elementary School near S.C. Highway 45 and U.S. Highway 52. It will be 5,000 square feet, which is about three times the size of the current library the community is outgrowing.

Osborne said the renovation is taking longer than expected. Officials hoped to see the work start last summer to be completed this summer. But since the old school is a historic building, the plans have to be approved to preserve the character of the structure. Osborne said that’s the beauty of it all. The renovated building will preserve the era of the early 1930s, when the school was built.

“By renovating ... a historic landmark to many of its citizens, the library will serve as an anchor for the community,” Osborne told The Post and Courier last year.

Osborne said the drawings for the interior are complete. The county is working on bids for a general contractor and hopes to break ground soon.

Reach Jade McDuffie at 937-5560 or

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