The New Jackson Branch

Grand Opening Postponed

We will reschedule the Grand Opening when it is safe and feasible to do so.

Your beautiful new Jackson Branch will be upgraded with features to make your library a place you want to spend your day.

Comfortable and flexible spaces:

  • Spacious open areas with comfortable furniture for reading or just relaxing.
  • Meeting rooms with flexible seating to accommodate small groups to large community meetings.
  • Enclosed study rooms and collaboration areas, with A/V technology.
  • A multi-purpose room for maker programming and children’s events.


  • Enhanced A/V technology
  • Lockers for 24/7 hold pickup
  • Laptop lending for use in the library
  • Powered furniture for device charging
  • Children’s interactive tables and furniture
  • Self-check stations
  • Interactive, touch screen catalogs in public areas

Safety and security

  • Lower shelving to allow for better sightlines
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Improved ADA compliance
  • Security cameras


The construction and move are currently on hold during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will reschedule and announce when it is safe and feasible to do so.


About the Design

When we met with the Jackson community in preparation for designing their new branch, we listened to what they told us. This beautiful new space, overlooking North Park, incorporates many of these ideas in the design.

The first thing you’ll notice as you walk in the building, is a lobby that is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Patrons told us that they loved the ability to put items on hold and pick them up in the convenient lockers that are available outside of normal library hours. A Media Box will also be in the lobby, allowing patrons to borrow video games and DVDs. 

As you walk in the door, you’ll be greeted by a stunning open space, filled with books and materials and plenty of areas that you can relax and read or visit with your friends – with a backdrop of floor to ceiling windows overlooking North Park. The lower shelving allows for a full view of the entire library and displays will feature new books and other items. A variety of flexible meeting spaces are easily accessible for groups and individuals and can accommodate small study groups or large meetings. There’s even a  multipurpose room in the children’s area with an easy-to-clean floor so kids can be kids!

One of the best things about the space is its flexibility. The furniture and many of the other pieces are movable to easily accommodate children’s story times, casual group meetings, or individuals. Laptop vending machines allow patrons to grab a laptop and sit wherever they’d like in the library – even near the beautiful fireplace. For those who bring their own devices, charging stations will be available throughout the space. 

Click below for a virtual tour of the space. We look forward to construction beginning in early 2019 with completion in 2020!

You can explore the concept drawings in this PDF:

View Concept Images (PDF)

A Library Inspired by You

In January, HBM hosted community focus groups to gather the community’s feedback on their vision for the future of the Jackson library. View the results of this intensive brainstorming session in the Visioning Book that is inspiring our design process.

Community Visioning Document

Why Change?

In 2016, an engineering study revealed extensive water damage to the shell of the original Jackson Community branch. Surprisingly, we found it would ultimately more efficient to build an entirely new branch than to repair and renovate the old building.

To ensure uninterrupted service to the Jackson community, an interim branch location was established in The Marketplace at Nobles Pond. This storefront location serves as an incubator space to test many of the new technologies, features, and services the library plans to introduce system-wide.

Tell Us What You Think

Want to share your feedback about our plans for the new branch? We would love to hear from you! Just shoot an email to