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Will the Riverdale Branch Library be closed while it's being renovated?

Yes. The building closed to the public on April 30, 2022. Construction started in May. The building is expected to reopen in early 2023.


Where can I find another library?

Temporary, limited public service is now available at the Alva Community Center, located at 21471 N River Road, Alva, FL 33920. Hours of service are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Limited service will include:
  • Read-and-Return materials for all ages
  • Holds Pick Up
  • Computer access and printing
  • Library staff assistance
  • Library card sign up and renewals
  • Free Programs for all ages 
  • Exterior book return 

We have library locations throughout the county. 

You can use your library card to check out materials at any Lee County Library System location and we offer an extensive collection of downloadable and streaming content through our online library.


How can I return books and other materials?

Books and other materials can be dropped off at any Lee County Library System location or to the book return at the Olga Community Center, 2325 South Olga Drive which is just one mile from the Riverdale Branch Library.


What should I know about items I have on hold? Do I have to wait until you reopen to get them?

If you have requested items on your account, you can call Telephone Reference at (239) 479-4636 or login to your library account with your library card number to have the pick-up location changed to another branch. You also can suspend your current holds until we reopen.


Where will the staff go during the renovation?

The staff will be working at the Alva Community Center and other library branches during the renovation period.

What is happening with the library books?

The books and materials are stored off-site during the renovation and will be returned for opening day, along with new items.

When will the library reopen?

We expect to reopen Winter 2023. Watch for updates here on the library website and on our social media pages. You also can subscribe to the Riverdale Branch Library Events & Programs Newsletter for information on service updates, renovation news and virtual programs.


How is the renovation being paid for?

The Lee County Library System, which is supported through a dedicated millage, is using library reserves to fund this renovation.


What can I expect when the library reopens?

You can expect a bright, airy library with spaces for all ages! Planned renovations include larger exterior windows and a new ceiling configuration to take advantage of natural light. The furniture, flooring and paint will be refreshed and a new HVAC system installed. The new library shelves will hold a refreshed collection with materials for children, teens and adults. The service desk will be centrally located for the staff to better serve the public. New computers and Wi-Fi access points are included in the renovation, as well.

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