Marshes of Glynn Libraries will open a temporary computer lab in the McIntrye Court Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday.
The lab will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The library is opening the temporary lab to provide computer access to community members while the Brunswick location is undergoing renovations and closed to the public.
“We specifically wanted to stay in downtown because, for patrons that walk to us, we wanted to make sure they have the ability to make it there,” said Geri Mullis, director of the Marshes of Glynn Libraries.
Computers are also still available for public use at the St. Simons library location.
The temporary lab will have 10 Google Chromebooks and will be staffed by library employees.
The access to free internet at the library is a crucial service for many in Glynn County, Mullis said. Today, most job applications are online. Access to email and other digital communications is also often necessary for all.
“We are the only source of internet for some of our citizens in Glynn County,” Mullis said. “… For somebody that’s trying to do some workforce development, and they don’t have access to the internet, that’s really hard. We also have a lot of students and adult students that need to have access, that might not be able to do it from home.”
The temporary lab will be open until Nov. 20, which is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The library will reopen Dec. 3.
Marshes of Glynn Libraries recently began a $3.5 million renovation on the Brunswick location. Changes will include the addition of more meeting space, including a room that will be able to fit about 400 people. The front entrance will be moved, a catering kitchen will be added and furniture, carpets and ceilings will be replaced.
Most of the library’s regular events have been moved to temporary locations for the next few months.
Pop-up libraries will be offered throughout the duration of the renovation. Mullis recommended that those interested follow the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Facebook page to see a schedule of the pop-up libraries.
Library staff will also be posting photos of the ongoing renovations inside the Brunswick location on the library’s Instagram, @marshesofglynnlibraries.