June 18, 2010

Library offers renovation update

Atrium is blocked off, as work to build a floor begins

The Racine Public Library's Director, Jessica MacPhail, has released this public information concerning the library's current renovation:

"Beginning Monday, June 21, and continuing through Wednesday, June 23, steel beams will placed into concrete on the second floor atrium area creating an extremely high noise level.  Although the area is surrounded by plastic sheeting protecting the public from dust, little can be done to contain the expected intense noise. We apologize for this inconvenience and ask for your patience while the library is being renovated."

The library began a six-month renovation and re-carpeting project beginning in mid-May.  The current phase, the infilling of the atrium, is expected to be complete by the end of June.

The following changes have affected library usage:
  • Meetings and programs scheduled to be held in three of the library's meeting spaces have been relocated to the Peg Martin Room and to the Youth Services Dept. to accommodate storage needs.
  • Seating areas near the East windows have been reduced to accommodate the library's fiction collection being moved from its location on the west side of the building.