Logo for the Lobby Remodel
Improving the lobby and your checkout experience

February 1: The lobby project began. The construction team built a barrier around the Circulation department, where most of the work is happening. When the building reopens on February 22, patrons will still be able to access the Cafe area, the Curbside Pickup area, and the lobby bathrooms. There will also be a self-checkout machine available to check out your materials. The construction will finish by 3:00pm each day.

a photo of the library lobby construction
A barrier protects the lobby while construction is going on

Project Overview

This project helps us remain in step with other area libraries and allow us to meet the changing needs of the community for years to come. The new versatile lobby design will accommodate an express service experience, including four new self-checkout machines, a new self-service hold area, and two new browsable collections. In addition, we'll replace our current large stationary Circulation desk with two modular desks, which can be reconfigured to support future needs.

Another important element of the remodel is a new automated sorting machine that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to check-in and sort multiple items at a time. The automation will help reduce the amount of time it takes to get returned items back on our shelves and into your hands. See how the automated sorting machine processes and organizes returned library materials.

To prepare for this new technology, we added RFID tags to every item in the library. In combination with our new self-checkout machines, these tags will make it possible for you to check out multiple items at once, rather than having to scan each item individually. The tags will also help us to reduce check-in errors and more easily track missing items.

Here's what you can look forward to when the remodel is completed:

  • New welcome area with a staff member to greet and assist patrons
  • Popular collections in the lobby for you to browse and check out
  • New, easy-to-use, socially distanced self-check machines
  • Ability to return multiple items at once and watch as they are checked in by the automated sorting machine
  • New self-service hold shelves for an express holds experience

The project will begin in February and is expected to wrap up by early May. The work will not impact the use of the library, although the Circulation department will be temporarily shifted to the 2nd floor during the remodel while check-out stations will remain in the Lobby for your convenience. 

Key Facts

Construction length: 3.5 months
Architect: Product Architecture and Design
Construction manager: Pepper Construction
Expected start: February 2021
Expected completion: May 2021

Renderings

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Rendering of the new Circulation and Welcome Area
Circulation and Welcome Area
Rendering of the lobby from the east vestibule
Lobby from the east vestibule
Rendering of the lobby and new Hold shelves
Lobby from the west vestibule

Floor Plan

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Image of our floor plan

Timeline