Thursday, March 6 – New Library Opening Drawing Near

OCEAN CITY –The 14th Ocean City Library closed its doors this week, and although an official date has not been set for the opening of the new 100th Street location, the transition to the new library has begun as the books left the 14th Street location this week.

“Forty years are coming to an end today,” said branch manager Andrea Schlottman on Wednesday. “We are closing our full services as of 6 p.m.”

The full service use of the library officially ended at the downtown location on Wednesday, marking the beginning of the move to the new library.

“We are not announcing an opening date at this point out of fear that something goes wrong and everyone will be disappointed,” said Schlottman, who anticipates an opening date between March 17 and 20.

The new library at 100th Street was originally slated to be open in January, but unexpected delays and inevitable setbacks pushed back that target date.

Schlottman reported that all of the books moved to their new location this week, as library officials and workers tie up loose ends on the new building.

The 14th Street branch will be closed for full service, but will remain open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day through at least next week for minimal services.

For the complete story, see tomorrow’s issue of The Dispatch.