Renovations set for Christmas Holidays


CULLMAN. A long chapter in the history of Cullman's library is coming to a close, so to speak.

On December 18th at 6:00 PM, the downtown library will close and will not reopen until January 2nd at 9:00 AM.  But library employees aren’t getting a long Christmas vacation. They will be dispersed to other libraries and to office work while the library gets a special present from the city government.

The flooring in the library portion of the building, which was installed when the building was built in 1967, will be getting a badly-needed facelift, courtesy of Mayor Donald Green and the Cullman City Council. All old linoleum flooring will be removed and replaced with new vinyl tile and carpeting.

“It was basically an eyesore, and holes in the flooring were dangerous to library users and employees.” said County Librarian John Paul Myrick. “Mayor Green and the Council recognized the impression that the library makes to visitors to our community, and we greatly appreciate their foresight in providing for these renovations in the library’s appropriation from the City.

To allow for this work to be completed, all contents must be removed from the library, including books and shelving which has been in place for roughly 20 years. “Our contractor advised us that, for safety reasons, it will be best to completely close the main part of the building,” said Myrick.

Library employees will be taking several steps to provide some continuation of services during the renovations.

The Cullman County Bookmobile will be parked in front of the Cullman Branch during this period and will be open during the library’s normal hours. This will allow basic “recreational” library services to be provided. The Community Technology Center computer lab at the Cullman Library will also be closed, but wireless Internet service will also be available during the renovations.  Computers are available at all other Cullman County libraries.

Also, to provide services, hours at the Hanceville Public Library will be extended during the renovations. The Hanceville Library, located at 101 Main Street in the Hanceville Drug Company building will be open from 9:00 AM until 6:00 Monday- Friday and 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Noon on Saturdays. Employees from the Cullman branch will be staffing the Hanceville Library during these extra hours.

The Fairview Library is regularly open from 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday and will provide services to all Cullman Library users. 

The Special Collections Room at the Cullman Library will be open from 9:00 AM through 6:00 PM during this period.

Many informational services, including downloadable audiobooks, the Alabama Virtual Library, Homework Alabama and other services will still be available through the library’s website at

“We regret any inconvenience this may cause for library users,” said Myrick, “but we believe that they will be thrilled with the results. The library will be more inviting, cleaner, quieter and safer.”

All county libraries will be closed December 23-25 for Christmas and January 1, 2007 for New Years.