The interior of the Orange Township branch of the Delaware County District Library is taking shape at 7171 Gooding Blvd.

The interior of the Orange Township branch of the Delaware County District Library is taking shape at 7171 Gooding Blvd.

Many of the interior walls are up, dividing the 33,000-square-foot building into sections for children, 'tweens, teenagers and adult patrons.

The space includes two meeting rooms, one designed for children's activities, the other for community groups.

The large, two-sided fireplace made from blue limestone is constructed in what will be the "comfy-chairs" area, where people can relax, said library spokesperson, Shea Alltmont.

The library, slated for a May opening, includes a business section where patrons can scan documents, use reference materials and work on computers.

Each section of the building will have computers, 50 in all, with desks sized for the users.

"You'll be able to tell what part of the library you're in -- children's to adults' -- by the size of the furniture and shelves," said Alltmont.

The library will offer a drive-through drop-off for patrons, as well as a drive-through pick-up window.

"I think we're the first one to offer drive-through pick up," Alltmont said. "It will be great after a long day's work to pull up to the window and pick up your (reserved) books or videos."

The new building also will provide an office for the Friends of the Delaware County District Library, a volunteer group that helps support library activities such as the summer reading program and touring exhibits.

The district library's outreach services department also will be housed in the Orange branch. The department delivers library materials to daycare centers, senior centers and people unable to travel to the library. A large garage and work area were constructed to accommodate the department's vehicles and staff.

The library will hold a collection of more than 90,000 new materials, including books, DVDs, magazines, CDs and digital books.

The collection costs about $1-million.

The cost of the building, parking area and the land purchase amounts to $8.1-million. Around $620,000 is being spent on furnishings for the building.

Construction by Elford Inc., a Columbus company, will cost $5.6-million. The architectural work was done for $802,419 by MKC & Associates, a Lewis Center company.

In 2009, voters approved a 10-year, 1-mill levy to help pay for the new building and provide operating costs for the entire library system.