Library staff and board members have been preparing for a remodel project for several years. Planning sessions with staff, board, and community members were held in the first half of 2019. Hundreds of ideas including strengths, weaknesses, needs, and threats were identified. From those, a strategic plan was developed that helped prioritize the scope of the project.
In July of 2019, Gould-Evans Architects was selected through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. After many sessions with the board and staff, a conceptual design package was presented in January of 2020. The Board of Directors approved moving forward with Gould-Evans and Schematic Design, Design Development, and ultimately construction documents were completed by the end of May. The project went out to bid the first week of June with bid closing July 2nd, 2020.
Extensive re-programming and spatial reorganization of public spaces.
- Create an engaging third-space area for the community members to interact with each other, as well as staff and popular resources
- Creation of a highly engaging early childhood space
- Creation of a business center to include adult computers, technology such as scanners and printers, as well as space for staff to assist patrons
- Development of centralized circulation area to streamline the process of holds, book returns and other functions. Space will be designed to fit a potential automated materials handling system in the future
- Changes to staff contact points to facilitate staff embeddedness throughout the library instead of at one large staff area
- Small private areas, small-medium size private meeting room to accommodate 5-15 people for interviews, tutoring, proctoring, consultations, etc.
- Private space to serve as lactation room and a quiet room for parents
- More intuitive wayfinding driven by better signage and thoughtful positioning of collections
- Preserve quiet areas for reading, research, homework, and similar functions
- Complete renovation of children’s restrooms
Smarter Staff Spaces
- One breakroom instead of three
- Offices for Adult Services Manager and Youth Services Manager that aren’t a part of the circulation desk
How will this project be funded?
This project will be funded by reserves already in place. Planning for the remodel began several years ago. Each year, a portion of the general fund is transferred to capital projects. This project will not deplete the reserve.
Private gifts have also been committed to supporting the project and more requests are being made.
Has the project been impacted by COVID-19?
The only negative impact seen so far is that some foundations and potential donors have shifted their giving to support COVID-19 specific projects.
Because funding for the base project is already in place, the project is proceeding on schedule.
While we can’t predict the future, there has been little to no immediate impact on the library general fund.
What will happen to the commemorative bricks on the exterior that will be removed to install the windows?
The bricks will be relocated to a wall inside the main entryway.
What is happening to the Friends Bookstore?
The bookstore will be closed during the remodel as it will serve as a service location to checkout items, manage accounts, etc. However, once the remodel is complete, the bookstore will be open as usual.