Renovation Starts this Fall
The Library Renovation Project is on track, and construction in the main building starts this Fall. We’ve continued to work with Engberg Anderson Architects on the plans and modernization of our buildings. The entire project is scheduled through December 2021 (16 months) and we plan to remain open throughout, keeping as many materials and services available as we can. Once construction begins, the Library will look different for a quite a while. Here’s what you can expect over the next several months.
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.
This Fall Phase 1
- Adult Collections Moved to Second Floor — To make room for construction the adult fiction, movies, and music collections move to the second floor with one central service desk. Signage will be provided to help visitors locate materials.
- Service Desks — Service desks on both floors may need to relocate temporarily.
- First Floor Construction — The storyrooms will be inaccessible to get ready for a new storyroom. Work will begin on a makerspace and a marketplace area for browsing new and popular materials.
- Extra Noise — At times, there may be extra noise in the building. We anticipate that construction crews will come in early and leave in the afternoon to minimize noise.
- Digital Media Center — The DMC will be removed, but some of the equipment will still be available to use.
- Study Rooms and Meeting Room 3 — There will be less access to these rooms at times.
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.
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.
Based on your feedback, the Board of Library Trustees has refined the Main Library interior renovation plan. Finalized plans were put out for bid in August 2020. The Board expects to review bids at their September 2020 board meeting, with construction anticipated to start in October 2020.
Final plans coming soon!
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."