Gulf Gate Library gets ready to move to Westfield Sarasota Square Mall

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:27 am | Updated: 10:53 am, Thu Jan 10, 2013.

SARASOTA - The Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota, will close its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, in anticipation of reopening in the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 South Tamiami Trail, next to J.C. Penney.

The mall location is expected to open on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and will serve as the library's temporary home while a new Gulf Gate Library is built at the Curtiss Avenue site. The new Gulf Gate Library is anticipated to open in 2014.

"The mall location offers the amenities we were seeking, including plenty of free parking, close proximity to the existing Gulf Gate Library and the same SCAT route," said Sarasota County Library System Director Sarabeth Kalajian. "It's a great opportunity for us to introduce the diverse resources of a public library to people who may not be familiar with them."

During the transition, Sarasota County library customers are encouraged to use any of the eight other libraries located throughout the Sarasota County. From Jan. 19-Feb.18, Gulf Gate Library customers will have the opportunity to pick up reserves and drop off items at one of the other library locations. Throughout the month, customers may also access the entire library system catalog, view the events calendar and reserve items anytime on the library system website,

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000, or visit

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