This winter, we’re looking forward to a renovation of portions of our first floor. Some of the changes we’re excited to see include:
- Updated bathrooms: brighter facilities will look attractive but remain simple and functional
- New area for holds: a larger, separate area will make it easier to find your held items
- Updated checkout area, including self-checkout machines: staff will still be available to help you check out items, register for a Library card and more, and we’ll be adding three self-check stations, too
- New entrance to Youth area: a bright, playful new entrance will allow kids to crawl in and experience new activities as they enter our Youth area
- New food vending and designated area to eat: delicious and healthy options will be available to purchase, or sit in this cozy space to enjoy a meal you brought from home
You’ll also see new lighting, new finishes, new book displays and more. Something you won’t see (but is exciting for us!) is a new work area for staff, located behind the checkout desks, that will improve workflow for staff as they check in and sort materials.
Your comments and questions are welcome throughout this renovation project, Just send an email to @email.
Be sure to check this page throughout the renovation for updates on the project, including photos, special announcements and more.
Update: March 27, 2020
All demolition, for both Phases 1 and 2 of the project, is complete! (See the Feb. 3 update below for details about the project phases.) Additionally, rough framing is now in place for the public restrooms and staff areas behind the checkout desks, rough plumbing is in place in the public restrooms and rough electrical work has begun. That's a lot of progress in a short amount of time.
Keep checking in with our Facebook photo album to see the progress of the renovation.
Update: March 23, 2020
Our renovation continues and contractors are working on an accelerated schedule with the building empty. All contractors are following appropriate guidelines for their personal protection and to maintain the cleanliness of our building.
Check the Facebook photo album to see work in progress, such as demolition of the staff area behind the checkout desks and a temporary wall built behind the checkout desks.
While the renovation will not be complete when we reopen, we've started to get excited for a new look in parts of our first floor!Update: March 17, 2020
We were able to work with our construction management company to begin the renovation today, March 17, ahead of schedule. We have specific guidelines regarding how many contractors are allowed into our building at a time, and what types of protective gear are necessary. We will continue to follow recommendations from public health officials to ensure the safety of these contractors and our building.
Be sure to check the Facebook photo album for pictures of some of today's action.
Update: March 6, 2020
We now have a Renovation 2020 photo album on our Facebook page. Check this album for regular photo updates that show the progress of this renovation project. (You do not need a Facebook account to view these photos.)
Update: March 2, 2020
As we countdown to our construction officially beginning on March 23, our preparations continue. This week (the week of March 2), staff will be moving to temporary workspaces so we can clear items and furniture from the staff work area behind the checkout desks.
Phase 1 of construction begins the week of March 23. Some of the first things you will see happening include:
- Construction of a temporary wall and hanging plastic to contain the mess from the renovation happening behind the checkout desks.
- Closure of the first floor lobby restrooms.
- Additional light demolition in the lobby area.
While our first floor restrooms are closed for improvements, please follow signs directing you to the second floor restrooms. Families with young children and those with mobility concerns may use the restrooms in kidsZone on the first floor.
Update: Feb. 25, 2020
The time has come! You’ll see some action happening this week as we take down the 20+ year-old check out and registration desks and set up temporary stations a little farther east (towards The Commons). This will make space for the construction work happening behind these desks.
Update: Feb. 3, 2020
We now have the approximate timeline for our renovation project:
- Phase 1: March 23 – May 29, includes work on the restrooms and staff area behind the checkout desks.
- Phase 2: June 1 – Aug. 6, includes work on the Youth area entrance, checkout area and other work in the lobby area.
To prepare for construction, you’ll see us start to move things around in early March. Most noticeably, the checkout desks will move east (towards The Commons) to make space for construction work happening in the staff area.
Please also know that we’re working hard to create a clean, comfortable space for you to enjoy food. This project is on a different timeline from the rest of the renovation and we’re looking to reopen this area as soon as we can. We’re currently investigating a variety vending solutions and we’re excited about the possibilities.
During construction on our restrooms, we ask that you please use the restrooms on the second floor. (These restrooms can be found near the northwest corner of the second floor, near the Rasmussen Room.) Patrons with mobility concerns may use the family restrooms in kidsZone.
We’ll work hard to limit any disruption to our services throughout this renovation. Please be patient with us as furniture may move and access to items may change temporarily.
Update: Jan. 9, 2020
We’re pleased to share some of the architect’s renderings for our renovation project with you. These images show various “before and after” views of the areas that will be updated in the renovation. Use the orange arrows to flip through the renderings. We’re excited about what we see here and know it will look beautiful in our building.
Update: Nov. 21, 2019
If you’re thinking, “Didn’t you just do construction on the first floor?,” you’re not wrong. We had a large renovation project on the first floor in the fall of 2016 to create Workshop and The Commons. This project changed the way we package and shelve our movies, music and video games, freeing up floor space to add more than 120 new seats. We've also refreshed our Fiction and Youth areas in recent years.
Due to the size of our Library, we split our renovation projects into phases to be sure we can continue to serve you while we work on improving various areas of our building. All of these projects are part of an architectural master plan for our building that looks to accommodate the changing ways you use our Library.
It's important to remember that our building is 22 years old now and we see about 1 million visitors each year. That's a lot of usage and general wear and tear on our well-loved Library! So updates like this are necessary to keep our Library in working order for you.
The major work of the renovation project is set to begin in mid-March and last approximately 4-6 months. We’ve once again partnered with Product Architecture + Design on this renovation – check out some of their work.
But before we kick that off, we're transforming the café into a new place where you can purchase food and also sit and enjoy food you've brought from home or another restaurant. Work is set to begin on this portion of the project in January.
So how are we funding this project? Through excellent financial stewardship, with the guidance of our Board of Trustees, we have accumulated reserve funds allowing us to complete renovation projects like this without any additional financial impact to you and our community.