Since October of 2014, Forsyth County Central Library has been closed for reconstruction, and on August 31 of this year the library was finally reopened. The new facility has three floors open to the public, and offers many new exciting features such as a cafe, sound-recording space, 3D printers, multiple study rooms, a gallery space and a roof terrace in addition to regular library services. A free library card can be issued after proof of residency in Forsyth County or of attendance to a Forsyth County school or college. Many of the tables now include charging stations, and 52 computers are available for public use, though one does need a library card to log on. All public-access computers have Microsoft Word, and can be reserved for research.
Anna Zhang, a resident Salem College senior, visited the new location and says that, “rather than being a traditional library, the cafe, gallery and roof terrace make the new center a neat place to hang out for all ages.”
Central Library is located at 660 West Fifth Street, and is approximately a 25-30 minute walk from Salem College’s main campus. The library is open from 9am-8pm on Mondays through Wednesdays, from 9am-6pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from 10am-5pm on Saturdays, and from 1pm-5pm on Sundays.