Notice Regarding Library Availability June 3-6

May 26, 2017

You have probably noticed some changes around the Library lately—art work being wrapped in bubble wrap, airplanes coming down, the iconic bust of Morris Jesup relocating to Town Hall. All of these changes are in preparation for the groundbreaking on the new library in early August.

You are also probably aware that we have our annual signature fundraiser, BOOKED for the evening, coming up on June 5. Historically, the Library has always closed for that day and this year we are taking the opportunity to use the days around the event to do some preparation for our upcoming Transformation Project.

Phase One of the Transformation Project will begin in early August. In this initial phase, we will be operating on the upper two levels of the Library. The MakerSpace will move to the upper balcony and will reopen in mid-June. The books currently on this upper level will move down to the main level. Audio/Visual materials will be moved out of the Riverwalk and up to the main level. Most adult programs will be conducted in the large reading room and new quiet work spaces will be created along the perimeter of the Great Hall.

In preparation for these changes and for BOOKED, on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 we will be reconfiguring the stacks, books, and furniture on the main level. The Library will be noisy and the adult book collection will be unavailable on these days. The Children’s Department and Audio/Visual area will be fully accessible. Reading and study rooms will also be easily accessible. If you are looking for reading material, we encourage you to get your books ahead of time (by Friday, June 2).

On Monday, June 5 the Library will be closed. On Tuesday, June 6, the Library will be closed to patrons until 1:00 p.m. while we replace shelves and move books and furniture to their new locations. Staff will be available to provide phone support between 9:00 and 4:00 on Monday, June 5 and 9:00 and 1:00 on Tuesday, June 6. Late fines will not be levied for materials that are due and not returned between Saturday and Wednesday.

We thank you in advance for your patience.