Thursday, December 7, 2023

Pender County exploring new Hampstead library, seeking feedback

Pender County is considering a new library in Hampstead. (Port City Daily/file photo)

WILMINGTON — Pender County is seeking public input on the location of potential construction of a new library in contemplating the construction of a new, larger library in Hampstead.

According to a Pender County press release, staff are contemplating a new facility, which would replace the current Hampstead branch.

The first option is to renovate and expand the existing Hampstead Branch on Library Drive, while the second proposes constructing an entirely new library next to the Pender County Government Annex in Hampstead.

No matter which option is chosen, the size of the new, larger library would be the same at either location. Additionally, the associated project costs are expected to be roughly equal.

If the county renovates and expands the existing Library Drive site, the county will need to purchase additional surrounding property. But if the new library is built at the Annex site, the county could offset costs by selling the existing Library Drive property.

To gather public opinion, a survey is available both in paper form at the Hampstead Branch Library (75 Library Drive) and the Main Library in Burgaw (103 S. Cowan Street). The survey is also online at

The survey will be open from July 20 to August 20.

In addition, there will be two public information sessions at the Hampstead Branch Library on Tuesday, August 8 at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m.

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