Phase 3 Renovation Update October 2021

New North Entrance Open

Visitors can now access the Main Library from the east and west parking lots. Follow the sidewalk along the pong to the doors on the northeast corner of the building.

Underground Parking Construction

Tuesday, October 12 through 18

Our underground parking garage repairs are continuing on schedule. In order to work on the entrance, exit, and driving path, the garage needs to be closed for a short period. The east and west parking lots are open with easy access to the new north entrance. Thank you for your patience as we make our garage safer for everyone.  

Building Renovation Update

The second floor is now open to the public. For several months the second floor was not accessible due to the installation of new carpeting, lighting, painting, and construction. 

The Adult Fiction and Nonfiction collection is mostly open for browsing. There may be a few areas still blocked off. Please ask staff for assistance if you can't find something you need. 

The new Adult Services Desk is located at the top of the stairs to the right and staff are ready to assist. 

Some areas are still not accessible and under construction:

  • Study Rooms
  • Quiet Reading Room
  • Meeting Room 3 and Board Room
  • Computer Lab
  • New North Entrance will open soon. This will provide easier access from the west and east parking lots. 

We thank you for your understanding and patience! 

There’s Much to Look Forward To!

This project provides many enhancements to your library experience and improvements to the building. Visitors will enjoy the new seating, carpeting, lighting, and colorful designs throughout the building.  

We are looking forward to a new library that is both functional and beautiful — one that will continue to inspire connection, curiosity, and joy. 

Gallery of Progress

This gallery will continually add progress photos of the renovation.

 Flickr Renovation Album.

welcome sign
info desk
second floor
quiet area
computer lab
business area
languages area
the workshop sign
workshop computers
workshop area
audio studio
podcasting studio
3d printers
embroidery machines
youth sign
youth area
video games
youth reading
baby area
teen area
teen room
new north entrance sign
parking garage
New North Entrance
new lobby

First Floor

Lobby - The expansive lobby provides a friendly welcome to visitors and residents. The new lobby features a digital display, space for art exhibits, and book displays. 

Café - The café, conveniently located in the center of the Library adjacent to the lobby, features healthy vending options and an inviting gathering space. 

New Materials - New fiction, new non-fiction, “hot” picks, movies, music, and video games are located in this “marketplace” area on the first floor for quick convenience and browsing. 

Makerspace - The Workshop - This space is intended to inspire members to express their creativity, to work on projects, and design whatever they can imagine with equipment they may not have access to already. Computers, audio/video recording equipment, and new resource tools for self-led and collaborative creation are a great benefit to entrepreneurs, artists, crafters, and novices of all ages. Among the many resources included: 3D printers, laser cutter, cameras, microphones, sewing machines, button maker, heat press, die cut press, various hand tools, and much more! Programs and classes are held in the working lab also in this area.

Elementary Learning Space - A new open space for school age children features interactive activities that inspire creativity and employ fun while learning. 

Early Literacy Area - The updated younger children’s area includes developmentally appropriate collections, play areas, and learning opportunities for toddlers and preschoolers. 

Storytime/Program Rooms – These new children’s programming rooms include an updated look, a digital monitor, and a kitchenette for enhanced activities. 

Sensory/Nursing Room - This new room features frosted windows, white noise, and a locking door for privacy for nursing mothers. Sensory bins containing noise-cancelling headphones, manipulatives, and a weighted mat are included to promote calming strategies for those experiencing sensory overload. 

Teen Space - This special partially enclosed area covering over 2,000 square feet is designated just for teens for studying and group work. A gaming section offers video game consoles for teens to play together. 

Second Floor

Adult Collection - The adult collection, fiction and non-fiction, are located on the second floor, creating a generally quieter atmosphere, reserving more social activities for the first floor. 

Study Rooms - Study rooms are popular and book up fast, so the number of study rooms have been increased from eight to fifteen, with several single-person study rooms. All new rooms feature whiteboards and a digital monitor for projecting.  

Quiet Reading Room - This popular space captures the serenity of the pond view and provides an exclusive reading area. The Quiet Reading Room is located on the second floor apart from nosier, active areas. 

Meeting Rooms - These three digitally equipped meeting rooms of various sizes are used for the numerous meetings and programs scheduled each day. The Library hosts 1,400 programs a year with an attendance of over 39,000 children, teens, and adults. 

Board Room - New acoustic panels update this room that is also available as a meeting room. 

Feedback Survey

In December 2019, we asked for feedback on the Main Library interior renovation. We received nearly 250 responses. 

If you would like to read comments, click the link below, select the blue button "Go to the topic," and then select "Feedback." 

Topic and Comments

Where Can I Find It?

Quick Overview

Existing Building Square Footage: approx. 90,000 sq. ft.  

Renovated Areas Square Footage: approx. 70,000 sq. ft.   

Project Length: October 2020 - January 2022 (estimated)   

Total Project Budget: $6.8 million (includes Main Library and both branches)  

  • Funding Sources, operating revenues (approved by taxpayers April 2019), state grants, and private donations
  • Bond issued - financed over 20 years  

Architect: Engberg Anderson Architects  

General Contractor: F.H. Paschen 

Naming Opportunities

As part of our interior renovation plans starting Fall 2020, we are making available an even greater way for our community to become involved.

Make an investment into your community by supporting the Library with a donation in exchange for naming a section of the Library for yourself or a loved one.

Visit our donation page for details.