The Carnegie Library in Chesterfields, Delaware, will be moving to a new location after more than 30 years of being in a vacant space.
The library opened in 1966 as the first library in the U.S. and is one of just three libraries in the country to be closed.
The Carnegie Libraries in California and Illinois also will be closing in 2018.
The Chesterfield Library’s new location will be located on the site of the former Alumni Hall, located on University Boulevard in Chestertown.
The Alumni Building was closed in December 2019 and is the only remaining library on the campus.
The Howard Hughes Medical Library will be closed for about two years in 2018 and 2019.
The Library will reopen in 2019, with new doors opening in 2020.
Chesterfield Mayor David F. Miller said in a statement the new location “provides the community with a unique and dynamic learning environment that will complement our community’s many cultural, educational and recreational offerings.”
“The library is the gateway to many community amenities, including arts and cultural events and cultural programs for children and families,” Miller said.
“We are grateful to the Carnegie and Howard Hughes families for their investment in our community and look forward to welcoming a new and exciting community center into Chesterfield in 2019.”