Literary Drive-Through

After more than two decades at the corner of Water Street and Basic Road in downtown Henderson, the James I. Gibson Library is no more. The 21-year-old facility closed its doors on May 15. Librarians are now packing their book bags, preparing to move into a larger facility this summer.

When the library opens in its new, 20,000-square-foot home at 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway in July, it will feature an additional 5,000 square feet of space, an enhanced 25-person computer lab, larger meeting rooms, more parking and, perhaps best of all, a drive-through window.

The drive-through, the first of its kind in Southern Nevada, will allow patrons to super-size their summer reading without leaving the comfort of their cars. Patrons can pick up reserved materials using the service; drop-offs and unarranged pick-ups will have to be done the old park-and-walk-in way.

Gayle Hornaday, assistant director of Henderson District Public Libraries, is excited about the fast-food-inspired feature.

“If it’s really hot outside or you’re in a big hurry, you can just pull right up to the window and pick up the books you know are waiting for you,” she says, noting, “It’s much easier.” Henderson Libraries, capitalizing on the bad economy, was able to shave construction costs by nearly a third. The final price of came in at $2.8 million—$1.7 million less than the original plan—and money saved will be used to help get through the economic downturn.

Meanwhile, the city of Henderson last year purchased the land where the old library stands for $4 million.