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Laurel library’s closure and temporary relocation will be delayed about a month.

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System announced Feb. 11 that unforeseen construction issues with the library’s temporary location will push the branch closing from Feb. 18 to March 10, and that the temporary facility will open March 31.

Kathleen Teaze, director of the county library system, said the construction difficulties are minor and mainly result from the complexity of the project.

“The place we’re moving into is a space that isn’t really designed to be a library, it’s more a commercial space,” she said.

The Laurel library’s move to a temporary location to make room for the new $17.5 million library building was already delayed once. The system’s original choice for a temporary location was purchased by another buyer, and then the current location at 8101 Sandy Spring Road in Laurel was chosen. The new library building is scheduled to be complete in September 2015.

Michael Gannon, the library system’s associate director for support services, said the delay won’t significantly impact construction of the new building.

“We won’t be able to do real groundbreaking until it thaws anyway,” he said, adding that it is also difficult to pour concrete when the weather is too cold.

Teaze said the library will relocate a selection of its most popular books, DVDs and recorded books to the temporary location, and patrons will still be able to order additional books by request. The temporary location will also be outfitted with computers and Wi-Fi, she said.

Gannon said he hopes patrons will be understanding.

“Everyone, please be patient with us because we haven’t done this before,” Gannon said. “We just want to have a good temporary site for everybody.”

eeastman@gazette.net