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We’re building the future! The library is preparing to embark on a full-scale renovation to transform the library’s interior by adding spaces for learning, collaborating, and experimenting; increasing our connectivity; providing private space for small groups; creating new spaces for research and study; increasing our public computing and technology resources; renewing our furniture, shelving, and carpeting; and more.

Rendering Of View From Front Lobby
Rendering Of View From Front Lobby

Rendering of view from front lobby

Rendering Of Exterior Of Makerspace

Rendering of exterior of Makerspace

Rendering Of Interior Of Makerspace

Rendering of interior of Makerspace

Rendering Of Interior Of Makerspace

Rendering of interior of Makerspace

Rendering Of BabyTalk Area

Rendering of BabyTalk area

Rendering Of Junior High Area

Rendering of Junior High area

Rendering Of View From Youth Services Desk

Rendering of view from Youth Services desk

Rendering Of View From Front LobbyRendering Of Exterior Of MakerspaceRendering Of Interior Of MakerspaceRendering Of Interior Of MakerspaceRendering Of BabyTalk AreaRendering Of Junior High AreaRendering Of View From Youth Services Desk

All renderings created by Product Architecture + Design

Highlights include:

  • A Makerspace for kids and teens where young people can tinker, design, craft, create, and explore
  • An expanded BabyTalk area with new activity tables, a puppet theatre, and early literacy stations, providing stimulation for growing minds
  • A larger teen area with meeting and lounge tables
  • Private and enclosed study rooms/meeting rooms for small groups, equipped with video/computing equipment, electrical outlets, and data drops
  • An enlarged public computer lab
  • New Indiana Room for genealogy and local history research
  • New furniture and tables with built-in electrical and USB outlets
  • New public service desks
  • Redesigned main entryway
  • New carpeting, shelving, and display spaces

Renovation Schedule

The renovation will take place over three phases between 2018-2020.

Phase 1, covering Youth Services, Audio-Visual, and Periodicals, is scheduled to being in February 2018 and conclude by August 2018.

Phase 2, covering the Reference Department, Computer Lab, and Indiana Room (Local History and Genealogy), is scheduled to take place in 2019.

Phase 3, covering the Circulation Department (front desk), lobby, technical services, and main entrance, will take place in 2020.

Find out more about the phases of construction here.

Cost & Funding

The renovation is expected to cost $1.6 million. The cost of the remodel is spread over three years and paid for with saved and existing resources. No bond issue or capital project funds will be expended.

Project Team

Architect: Product Architecture + Design
Construction Manager: Larson-Danielson Construction

The renovation will take place over three phases between 2018-2020.

Phase 1

Youth Services floorplan

Floorplan for redesigned Youth Services

Where? Youth Services, Audio-Visual Materials, and Periodicals

When? Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2018 and conclude by August 2018.

What’s happening? Remodeling will include:

  • The creation of a Makerspace for kids and teens
  • An expanded BabyTalk area with a puppet theatre, activity tables, new furniture, and new AWE stations
  • An expanded Teen area with meeting and lounge tables, new colorful seating, and new shelving
  • New lobby furniture
  • Electrical and data drops
  • New carpeting in Youth Services and the east lobby
  • New shelving for periodicals and newspapers
  • New AV shelving
Youth Area Flooring Plan
Youth Area Flooring Plan

by Product Architecture + Design

Aerial View Of BabyTalk Area

by Product Architecture + Design

Activity Table
Babytalk Area Seating
Aerial View Of Makerspace

by Product Architecture + Design

Aerial View Of Makerspace

by Product Architecture + Design

Teen Area Seating
Periodicals Shelving
Youth Area Flooring PlanAerial View Of BabyTalk AreaActivity TableBabytalk Area SeatingAerial View Of MakerspaceAerial View Of MakerspaceTeen Area SeatingPeriodicals Shelving

Phase 2

Where? The Reference Department, Computer Lab, and Indiana Room (Local History and Genealogy)

When? Construction is scheduled to take place in 2019.

What’s happening? Remodeling will include:

  • The creation of a private small conference/study room for groups up to 10 people, equipped with video equipment, electrical outlets, and data drops
  • The creation of five private and enclosed study rooms for groups up to four people, equipped with video equipment, electrical outlets, and data drops.
  • New and expanded public computer lab
  • New Reference public service desk
  • New Indiana Room (local history, genealogy, and microfilm center)
  • New lounge seating and tables with data and electrical drops
  • New shelving/end panels
  • Consolidated main stacks of collections

Phase 3

Where? The Circulation Desk (front desk), Front Lobby, Main Entrance, and Technical Services

When? Construction is scheduled to occur in 2020.

What’s happening? Remodeling will include:

  • A new Circulation public service counter
  • New shelving for new materials and the re-sale area
  • New lounge seating and tables with data and electrical drops
  • A redesigned main entry
  • New carpeting
  • Reconfigured staff areas
Existing floorplan
Existing floorplan
New floorplan
New floorplan

The library will remain open during construction (wconstructionith the possible exception of work on the main entrance in 2020), but some areas will be closed and inaccessible as construction occurs.

Check back here for construction updates and announcements!

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