Manassas bookworms rejoice! A new library is on the way!

Last summer, the Prince William County Public Library System obtained a $1.2-million extension from the city to put a new library into place after three years of decision-making. Now, Manassas's City's new library will open on Tuesday, February 2. It will be Manassas City's first library branch.

The Manassas City Library will be located in the Wellington Station shopping center on Dumfries Road, right next to Giant. The library will boast over 15,000 materials, multiple quiet rooms for studying, and 12 computers with public access to the Internet and will be a tremendous 6,000 square feet.

Unfortunately, there will be no ribbon-cutting ceremony at the library's opening. This choice stems from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, so allowing crowds to appear would have clashed with the county's social distancing rules. However, the library will still have events going on, with most of them being virtual so that residents can still enjoy them.

Prince William County Public Library spokeswoman Rachel Johnson discussed the decision not to have a ribbon-cutting opening.

"We’re hoping that, when it’s safe to do so, we sill be able to celebrate this library and give it the recognition it deserves,” she said.

Even still, the Manassas City Library will allow individuals to enter and use it during hours, which will be 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, although it will close daily from 1–2 p.m. Curbside pick-up is available as well, running from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. 

The Manassas City Library is one of a handful of libraries blooming in the area. Only last year did Manassas Park's library premiere in June despite the pandemic, offering curbside pickup and residents to enter but in accordance with social distancing guidelines. 

Residents' main library had been the Central Library Branch located on Mathis Avenue in Prince William County. Opening in 1974, it served as the largest one in the area.

Now, with the new Manassas City's Library opening up, people will have more options to go and enjoy the pleasure only free books can offer.

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