Seven branches in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Kirkwood, West End, Washington Park, Southwest Atlanta, Dogwood, Sandy Springs and Roswell – are preparing to close for renovation this month.

The Sandy Springs, Southwest Atlanta, Kirkwood and Washington Park Libraries will close to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 8, while the Dogwood, Roswell and West End Libraries will close to the public on Tuesday, Aug 21 to begin extensive renovation work, as part of the Library’s Capital Improvement Program, Phase II project.  All seven libraries began exterior construction work earlier this summer in preparation for closing of the branches this month,

Library patrons are reminded to transfer hold items, locate a nearby library to return library materials and search for library programs at or use the Library System’s library locator tool to search for an alternate library.

The Library Renovation Project is part of a two year effort to redesign and modernize 23 of the county’s 34 libraries. Upgrades will include items like new HVAC systems, roofing, upgraded technology, improved layouts, new shelving, study rooms, ADA accessible restrooms, and more, according to  Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Renovations are expected to take from three to nine months, depending on size and scope of the project. During construction library service will be available at the following nearby locations:

For up-to-date information on the Library Renovation Project and for information on all libraries being renovated, please visit: or call the renovation hotline at 404-613-READ(7323).

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.