In 2006, voters approved $3.6 million to construct a 15,000-square-foot library to be located at 4860 Lake Jeanette Rd., at the corner of Bass Chapel and Lake Jeanette Road.
The Glenn McNairy Branch Library replaces the former Northeast Branch Library, which closed July 2002. It had been recommended in the Libraries Branch and Outreach Strategic Plan that this branch relocate further north to accommodate a growing population center without convenient access to library services.
The library is named in honor of Glenn Onslow McNairy, lifelong resident of Guilford County and a successful businessman, very active in local civic affairs and volunteerism. The McNairy family has been involved in this community for over 200 years, in education, law, agriculture, and business. The land on which the library stands once belonged to the McNairys. Glenn McNairy's sons donated the property to honor their father and family.
In 2008, the library staff and J. Hyatt Hammond Associates began the first phase of the project with a community input process that gave residents an opportunity to envision their new library. An advisory committee of interested residents formed during this period and the group has continued to advise and advocate for this library through each phase of the project.
Since the opening, on August 1, 2014, the library continues to be a beacon of learning and vessel for journeys of the imagination for this vibrant community.
The innovation and hard work that led to this facility was recognized in 2015, when the Glenn Onslow McNairy Branch Library was recognized as an Outstanding Newly Constructed Facility by the NC Public Library Directors Association.