The Library Renewal Project Scope of Work

The Library Renewal Project Scope of Work

The Library Renewal Project has 3 primary components:

  • 1. Preserving our Community's Past

    • Reveal and refinish the 1908 Carnegie rotunda

    • Restore and connect the historic "heart" of the library

    • Create a central history space to preserve and display our irreplaceable local archives

  • 2. Enhancing the Present

    • Provide comfortable, accessible, and welcoming community spaces to support early literacy, lifelong learning and information access for all ages and abilities through children's services, internet access, study group, small and large meetings, and public programs

    • Update restrooms, carpeting, shelving, and fixtures

    • Improve usability and accessibility with a new central service desk, upgraded and energy-efficient lighting, improved lighting and wayfinding

  • 3. Preparing for our Community's Future

    • Improve and expand connectivity and infrastructure for 21st century needs

    • Provide flexible spaces to support quiet reading, group study, programs, and meetings

    • Ensure the renewed library meets the needs of generations to come

 

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Completion of the Library Renewal Project will greatly improve the look, feel and usability of the Library. Patrons will enter a bright central room, with shelving lit and oriented for improved access for patrons of all ages and abilities. The historic Carnegie rotunda, with gleaming wood finishes and heritage carpeting, replica chandeliers in the newly revealed vaulted ceiling, comfortable and historic furniture, and a sense of elegance and ease, will restore the experience of entering the library on its opening day in 1908. A graceful transition between the Carnegie rotunda and subsequent nearby additions will be achieved through carpeting, paint, lighting and user‐friendly seating. A dedicated space will display and store irreplaceable local history and community memories.

Meeting, seating and quiet study areas will be achieved through flexible furnishings and temporary closure solutions throughout the library. Single user and family/ADA restrooms will take the place of current substandard facilities. The children’s room will be freshly refurbished with bright carpeting, paint, furnishings, and new youth‐height shelving. Accessible and improved signage for wayfinding will support diverse users and staff areas will receive updating for improved use and efficiency.