Patron Service Improvement Project — Phase IV

Phase IV of Improvement Project Underway

Beginning in January 2017, the library embarks on phase four of a renovation plan to update the building, make the library accessible to all users and to fulfill our core values of Relevance, Access, Integrity and Leadership.

PSIP III

This phase will remodel the Friends of the Library used bookstore, Secondhand Prose, relocate six study rooms and add three more, and reconfigure the Teen Space to provide collaborative spaces, update furnishings and mitigate noise. It carries on the improvements of the previous Patron Service Improvement Projects, which renovated service points in the central area of the library, the main restrooms, lobby and the Children's Library.

During the project, scheduled for completion in April 2017, the Northeast corner, group study rooms, Southeast study carrels and Secondhand Prose will be closed to patrons. Secondhand Prose will suspend acceptance of donations during the closure.
 

The Patron Service Improvement Project Phase IV will accomplish the following:

  • Reconfigure Secondhand Prose retail space
  • Update lighting and fixtures in Secondhand Prose
  • Relocate six group study rooms
  • Create three additional study rooms
  • Provide collaborative work space
  • Update furnishings in the Northeast corner
  • Mitigate sound
  • Add a printer/copier/scanner to the East End
  • Increase number of electrical outlets and charging stations

Budget

The budgeted costs of $139,240, $686,560 and $67,082 for Secondhand Prose, Northeast corner and Southeast corner, respectively, will be paid with a fund balance transfer.

Additional Information

Comments

Why not add a top floor? It would be much more roomy and space-y.

I would love to do this, Fatima! We have discussed this idea over the years. The original building was not built with adequate support for a second story, and the costs to shore up the first floor sufficiently to support a second floor are out of our reach. Once we realized how much work it would be, we took a step back and evaluated the space we do have. We prioritized the feedback from patrons and staff, and focused on rearranging and renovating the existing floorplan to better meet our patrons' needs and demands--and the Patron Service Improvement Projects were born.

I still dream about how much fun it would be to have a larger library, and maybe someday it will happen. I am, however, really pleased with the citizen and staff input into the renovations over the last four years, and I hope you will enjoy the improvements when we're done this spring.

Thank you for your comments! It is always great to hear from our patrons.

Best,

Eva Davis, Director

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