Beginning April 25, the next phase of the first floor renovation will begin. In preparation for installing a new ADA-accessible elevator, a temporary wall will be erected which prevents use of the Library’ main entrance for several months. During this time, access to the Main Library will be via the High Street entrance and through the Public Computer Center. Directional signs will be posted. We regret the inconvenience, but we are excited about the end result, which will make our building more accessible to all!
If you have recently visited our Main Library, you have seen the temporary wall in the middle of the first floor. Construction has begun on the new Circulation Desk and staff work space, which will be relocated to the east wall. The restrooms are also being renovated to meet ADA standards. Circulation is being moved to make room for a larger, ADA compliant elevator, as well as to create a more open, welcoming entrance area. The Information Desk will also be moved to a more convenient location. Barring unforeseen circumstances, we plan to remain open during construction.
In addition to the new elevator and first-floor improvements, updates will be made to other areas of the building.
- Redesign entrances and widen passageways to meet building code for all public spaces
- Add two smaller meeting rooms that can be joined or used separately
- Strengthen sound barriers between all meeting rooms
- Replace aging light fixtures and worn carpet in existing meeting rooms
- Add a small kitchenette for groups using the meeting rooms
- Replace original 1963 basement HVAC system
- Designate an enclosed space for Friends of the Library and book sale activities, which are important to financial support of Library programming not available through the tax-supported budget
- Add a second restroom
- Add two small conference/study rooms
Benefits to the Community
- Access to all Library spaces and collections for individuals of all ages and abilities, including those with physical handicaps
- Active Library participation in the civic, educational, and social life of Downtown Elkhart (e.g. location for polling and absentee voting during elections, venue for special events during Jazz Festival, etc.)
- More options for innovative community and Library programming
- Flexible-use spaces for large or small groups, one-on-one consultations, and individual study areas
As the renovation progresses, we will post updates here and on our Facebook page. We will continue to post construction photos in Facebook album Main Library Renovations: Relocating Circulation, and create new albums as we move on to the other projects.
Update January 27, 2016
Work is underway in the basement! Pictures in Facebook album Meanwhile, Downstairs …
Update April 18, 2016