Published: Aug 11, 2013 12:00 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2013 3:49 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The existing Fort Myers - Lee County Library, located at 2050 Central Ave., in downtown Fort Myers will close on Sept. 1. The last day to visit this library will be Sat. August 31. The book drop will be open until Sept. 30.

The new Fort Myers Regional Library relocated at 2450 First Street in downtown Fort Myers will open Sat., Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.

The Bookmobile will be at the existing library location (2050 Central Ave.) to serve the public on the following Fridays: Sept.: 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“This new library is truly state-of-the-art and will be a wonderful asset to the City of Fort Myers, Lee County and all residents,” says Sheldon Kaye, Library System Director.

The Fort Myers Regional Library is a joint venture between the City of Fort Myers and Lee County and will encompass approximately 43,135 square feet. There will be a café in the north building and an outdoor plaza with a wireless Internet and a variety of seating, performance and exhibit spaces. The estimated construction cost is approximately $20 million and funding for the library comes from existing library fund balances. The City of Fort Myers owns the land.

The new regional library will utilize building materials and native landscaping and is being built to meet high standards of energy efficiency and sustainability and will be the first LEED-certified building in the Fort Myers River District.

More information about the new Fort Myers Regional Library can be found at http://leelibrary.net/FMinfo.

Apply for a library card at leelibrary.net, or stop by any branch.