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The Library will be closed on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7.

The Forest Park Public Library will be undergoing a construction project this fall. The anticipated start date is September 19. This project will include:

  • New elevator including controls
  • New lighting and ceiling tiles on lower level including the stairwells, Austin Room, main Youth Services area, maintenance room, programming rooms, and staff office
  • Minor work on the lower level including upgrading door hardware and replacing the old faux-wood panels between the Youth Services Study Rooms.
  • Window treatments and repairs on the main level
  • New lighting and ceiling tiles on the main level
  • New front doors (main doors and interior main sliders)

The project will be in two phases. During Phase 1, the lower level will be closed off completely. We anticipate this phase to begin in September 19. Phase 2 will see the lower level reopened and parts of the main level closed to the public. Phase 2 is scheduled to begin in November but the exact timeline will depend on how smoothly Phase 1 goes. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in December assuming we do not run into unanticipated delays.

As of now, the Library will stay open during the entire construction project except for the pre-planned dates of Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7.

Services Affected by the Construction Project

  • The elevator will be unavailable during Phase 1.
  • Patrons will not be allowed on any part of the lower level for any reason during Phase 1, including to use the copier or restrooms.
  • Study Rooms will be unavailable beginning Friday, September 9 .
  • The Community Room will be unavailable beginning August 26.
  • The Quiet Room will not be available beginning Thursday, September 15.
  • Book donations will not be accepted beginning Friday, September 9.
  • The ongoing Book Sale will be paused beginning Friday, September 9.
  • The accessible parking spot on the Jackson Blvd side of the building will be unavailable beginning September 19. 
  • The drinking fountain will be unavailable during Phase 1. 

Youth Services Services & Materials

During Phase 1, the lower level will be closed off to the public. This means that most of the YS materials will be unavailable for browsing. The YS Dept will set up a temporary space in the Community Room beginning September 19. There will be a small portion of the collection available in the space along with some computers as well as staff members. To access other materials, we recommend placing a hold online or with staff members. If you have specific questions, let us know at ys@fppl.org.

Q & A

Why is the lower level being closed completely during phase 1?

  • The elevator will be completely out of commission while it is updated. We can’t offer space that is inaccessible to the community.
  • The collections/stacks will be covered with tarps to keep them clean and protected as the ceiling tiles and light fixtures are replaced. Staff will have access to the items under the tarps but they won’t be functional for patrons.

Can I still get access to Youth Services materials?

Yes, while you won’t be able to browse our YS Department, staff can still retrieve items for you although it would be best to place holds if you want specific titles as it is possible that staff will have limited access on certain days of the project. You can place a hold online, by phone or ask at the Info Desk. The Community Room will serve as the temporary YS space during Phase 1. This will include YS staff as well as some materials for browsing and checking out during your visit.

Why are the study rooms, Quiet Room, Meeting Rooms unavailable?

We will be using these spaces for alternative uses including staff spaces, storage, and a temporary YS space. In Phase 2, some of these spaces will be unavailable due to safety.

What will happen to Shelly during the Library construction?

Shelly will be moved to the Community Room during Phase 1 and we welcome our patrons to visit her.

Do you have an exact timeline for when things will close/change/end? 

As we all know, construction projects can be difficult to keep on a specific schedule. We will be updating the community regularly on our website, social media, e-newsletter, as well as within the building. If you ever have questions, just let us know!

Didn’t you just complete a renovation project?

It seems like it but it’s been three years since our 2019 renovation project began. During that project, we handled some big things (see more here) but there were still some smaller but important updates to be made. Our plan was always to go back to update lighting, the elevator, etc. in a few years.

How is this project being paid for?

We are using existing capital improvement funds that were saved for these purposes. We will not be asking the community for additional funding to support these upgrades.

Will there be Library programs during the construction project?

Yes, we have a lot of fun things planned this fall for the community. This includes in–person and virtual events for all ages. Please go to fppl.org/events to see the full calendar.

Will the construction project be noisy/smelly, etc.?

This project is different from the last one. While all construction comes with a  certain amount of discomfort, we do not expect a huge amount of disruption or smell during this process as we will not be doing significant painting, floor/carpet work, or significant demolition.

Will the Young Adult Lounge be open?

Yes, it will continue to function as the Young Adult Lounge but may be closed periodically for meetings. It will be used for the Monthly Board Meeting (3rd Monday of the month) and any additional committee meetings. It may also be used as a programming space for all departments.

Will the Library still be able to take part in Interlibrary Loan and Homebound Delivery?

Yes, these services will continue.

We are thankful for your patience and flexibility.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at askus@fppl.org.

 

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