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Friday, January 27, 2023

New library branch coming to Mary Sue Rich Community Center next summer

A new Marion County Public Library branch is coming to northwest Ocala next summer.

The library will be located inside the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place (1812 NW 21st Street) which is currently under construction.

In addition to the library, the upcoming 41,750 square-foot, two-story community center will include designated indoor space for senior, youth, and family programs, a banquet and event space, fitness equipment, an indoor walking track, two full basketball courts, and multi-purpose studio rooms.

On Tuesday, December 21, Marion County Board of County Commissioners will vote on approving a motion to move forward with the naming of the library branch.

With approval, Commissioner Michelle Stone, Angel Roussel (Assistant County Administrator of Public and Environmental Services), and Julie Sieg (Director of Public Library System) will be on the naming committee. Additional members will be added as the County Administrator finalizes the formation of the committee.

According to county records, the naming committee will need to consider the following when choosing a new name for the library:

  • The special relationship, if any, the proposed name bears to the property being named.
  • The wishes of the donor if there is a donation of the property to the county.
  • Other names related to the property.
  • The natural features, wildlife, and natural history of the site.
  • The special wishes of a community partner in the development or management of the site.

The committee will be able to submit up to three names, ranked in order, to the County Administrator for consideration.

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the McPherson Governmental Complex located at 601 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala.