Re|imagine Southgate

Library Service in South Central Stark Re|imagined

Sandy Valley Branch Closes July 1 for Relocation, Book Drop Open

In 2023 we completed the assessment of the Sandy Valley Branch and surrounding areas to determine how we can better serve the residents of South Central Stark County. The Stark Library Board made the decision to relocate the Sandy Valley Branch to Southgate Shopping Center, in order to provide Library services to a greater number of patrons. Sandy Valley Branch will be closed July 1 for relocation, and Southgate Branch will open in September.


Coming Soon

There will also soon be 24/7 lockers at Pike Township Hall (date to be announced) to allow for round-the-clock access to return and pick up books, and access WiFi at one convenient spot. Please check here for the latest updates.


Bookmobile Providing Service

While the branch is closed, the bookmobile will be available at scheduled times so you can still access Library materials and services. You will be able to pick up your holds, browse, and access other Library services from the bookmobile at the following times and locations:


  • 8:45–9:45 am Pike Township Hall
  • 10–11 am Magnolia (Ball fields behind Fire Dept.)


  • 1:30-2:15 Smith’s Waco Market
  • 4:15–5:15 pm Southgate Shopping Center (Until branch opens)
  • 5:30–6:30 pm Pike Township Hall


  • 4:30–5 pm Waynesburg (Cibo’s lot)
  • 5:10–6 pm Waynesburg Plaza


  • 1–2 pm East Sparta Community Building

As part of our systemwide Re|imagine project, we are transforming your Library into a more inviting space to inspire and empower you to pursue creativity and lifelong learning.

Re|imagine is our plan to live out our mission and vision in Stark County. It is a multi-year plan to renovate our buildings, upgrade our technology, and create more flexible spaces for a wide range of use.

More Information

The New Southgate Branch will include:


  • Enhanced A/V technology
  • Electrical outlets and powered furniture for device charging
  • Children’s interactive tables and furniture
  • Self-check stations
  • Interactive, touchscreen catalogs in public areas

Comfortable and flexible spaces

  • An enclosed study room with wall monitors
  • Updated meeting room
  • New carpeting, paint, and flooring
  • Wall quotes submitted by patrons and staff
  • New, enclosed study room and collaboration areas
  • New, varied furniture types with increased durability, accessibility and flexibility
  • Updated bathroom facilities

Safety and security

  • Lower shelving to allow for better sightlines
  • Energy efficient lighting inside and out
  • Improved ADA compliance throughout the system
  • New security cameras
  • Sound quality improvements to reduce noise

Sandy Valley Branch

The Sandy Valley Branch will be closed July 1 for relocation; please see the bookmobile schedule above for nearby library service.

Hours & Information


Branch Phone: (330) 452-0665

Branch Manager: Alyssa Bender

The Sandy Valley Branch will close beginning July 1 in preparation for the relocated branch at Southgate.

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