Renovation Timeline

Latest Updates

February 6, 2023 Update
Curbside services available for both dropping off books and picking up items.Construction continues at the Yorktown Library, but some services are resuming this week. The blue outdoor book drop is now available near the curb at the front of Yorktown Library for customers to return their library items. Due to continuing work on the front of the building, the book drop attached to the Yorktown Library is not safely accessible. 

Beginning Wednesday, February 8, 2023, the Yorktown Library will resume curbside services for those looking to pick up holds at this location Library patrons will be able to select Yorktown Library as their pickup location when placing items on hold. When they are notified that their hold is available, patrons can come to the Yorktown Library between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Patrons are asked to drive up to the front near the blue book drop and call 757-890-5209 to let staff know they are outside. Patrons must remain in their car while staff retrieve their holds and bring them out to the car.  

January 23, 2023 Update
In anticipation of the return of services to the renovated Yorktown Library, the Grafton Annex will close to the public beginning Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Library patrons will have until 6 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2023, to pick up any holds or other items from the Grafton Annex. 

While staff and books will be moving back to the Yorktown Library, final construction work still needs to be completed in some areas of the building. Due to this, we do not yet have a reopening date. In the interim, we anticipate being able to offer curbside services at Yorktown Library for those who are unable to drive to Tabb Library but would still like to be able to check out library items. Announcements on this plan will be forthcoming.

December 2022 Update
Library Director Kevin Smith hangs a plaque near the entrance of the new Yorktown Library.On December 20, 2022, a Dedication Ceremony was held for the Yorktown Library. York County Public Library Director Kevin Smith, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sheila Noll, and County Administrator Neil Morgan spoke. Board of Supervisors members Chad Green, Stephen Roane and Thomas Shepperd, members of the Library Board, and other York County officials and staff attended the ceremony. A plaque dedicating the building was affixed near the building entrance.  See photos from the ceremony. See a recording of the ceremony and interviews with attendees on the York County YouTube Channel. 

The exterior of the Yorktown Library was completed in late December 2022 with the installation of the front door, allowing work to ramp up inside the building. Interior progress continues to be made, including the installation of furniture, technology and finishings throughout the addition and renovated original building. The building is expected to be completed in Spring of 2023.

July 2022 Update
The construction crew reached a major milestone in July: The brick façade has been completed. The brick helps to connect the addition visually to the original building. Even though it doesn't look like much is happening on the outside, the site is very active. The most important tasks right now are taking place inside, both in renovating the interior of the original building and completing construction on the interior of the addition. For example, the interior drywall, electrical and mechanical work is getting wrapped up in early July. These tasks are necessary to finish the interior enough to begin receiving furniture deliveries. If all continues to progress as expected,  the Yorktown Library renovation project should be completed in mid to late Fall of 2022.

April 2022 Update
Work is progressing. Connection to the waterline has been completed. The structure of the new building is up. Installation of the roof is underway and the masonry will begin shortly.  Interior work is ongoing. 

Sept. 1, 2021 Update
Starting Sunday, Sept. 5, the Grafton Annex Library will expand their hours. The Browsing Room will now be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Curbside services for holds will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. If you have any questions about services at the Grafton Annex Library, call 757-890-5209.

July 26, 2021 Update
Starting Monday, Aug. 2, a small browsing room will be available for patrons to come in and browse a curated collection of books at the Grafton Annex (formerly fire station 1), located at 5751 George Washington Memorial Highway. A limited selection of new and popular books, audiobooks and DVDs for all ages will be available for check out. The browsing room is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Curbside service continues to be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. To access the Grafton Annex, go to the parking lot at the rear of the building, accessible from Grafton Drive. Along with the browsing room collection, patrons can request items from the Grafton Annex collection, and pick up library holds. Additionally, a limited number of Summer Reading registration prizes, activity kits and weekly incentives will be available through August 13.

July 6, 2021 Update
The Grafton Annex Library officially opens for curbside pickup today. Patrons can pick up holds and a limited number of Summer Reading weekly activity kits and prizes between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Just place a hold on library items through our online catalog or by calling the library at either 757-890-5209 (Grafton Annex Library) or 757-890-5100 (Tabb Library). Once you are notified that your hold is available, go to the Grafton Annex, located at 5751 George Washington Memorial Highway, and park in one of the marked spots. The parking lot is behind the building and accessible from Grafton Drive. Once you arrive, call the number on your curbside spot sign and a staff member will bring your items out to you. Those requesting Summer Reading Challenge items can use the curbside services without placing a request.

June 23, 2021 Update
Seaford Transfer arrived at the Yorktown Library to begin the project of moving the books and shelving to the Grafton Annex. The work will continue throughout the week. The following week, Yorktown Library staff will work to prepare the Grafton Annex for curbside services, which will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

June 11, 2021 Update
York County is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation/expansion of the Yorktown Library on Thursday, June 17. The event begins at 10 a.m. with a short ceremony followed by the groundbreaking. The public is invited to attend. The Yorktown Library is located at 8500 George Washington Memorial Highway.

June 1, 2021 Update
Beginning Tuesday, June 1, an outdoor book drop will be offered at the library's new Grafton Annex located at 5751 George Washington Memorial Highway. (The Grafton Annex is the building that previously housed Fire Station 1 before its move to Dare Road.) To utilize the book drop, library patrons will need to access the parking lot from Grafton Drive, which is a through street that runs behind the facility. The book drop will be available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

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Project Overview

Front Elevation Drawing of the Yorktown Library ExpansionTo better meet the evolving needs of our growing community, the York County Public Library will close the Yorktown branch at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2021, to begin an exciting renovation and expansion project. Upon closing, library services will be suspended.

"The Yorktown expansion has been twenty years in the making and I am so delighted that the County is able to bring this dream to fruition. After construction, we will essentially have a brand new library equipped to accommodate the various intellectual and professional needs of our citizens," said Library Director Kevin Smith.

Renovation and Expansion Goals

The goals of this project are to overhaul outdated infrastructure, create new public spaces, and make the building more welcoming and accessible to everyone. With this renovation and expansion, the Yorktown Library can become the center of our community and provide support for the educational, professional, and cultural needs of area residents. The renovation will add 10,000 square feet to the Yorktown Library. Among the highlights are expanded and updated spaces for events and programs, an updated Children’s wing and new story time room, a brand-new space just for teens, innovative technology workspaces, and private study rooms.

Grafton Annex

The library offers a small browsing room, curbside pickup services and an outdoor book drop at the Grafton Annex, located at 5751 George Washington Memorial Highway. (The Grafton Annex is the building that previously housed Fire Station 1 before its move to Dare Road.) To utilize library services at the Grafton Annex, library patrons will need to access the parking lot from Grafton Drive, which is a through street that runs behind the facility. 

The Browsing Room contains popular items including new fiction, new non-fiction, and children's books. Items from the closed stacks will also be available upon request. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 5, the Browsing Room is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Curbside services for holds will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. If you have any questions about services at the Grafton Annex Library, call 757-890-5209. 

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