Why the library needs an immediate renovation – 4

Today we are focusing on the lack of space in the current library building to provide essential services.

The single room dedicated to Library programs for adults, teens and children is remote and in high demand
  • Programs limitations due to single programming room
  • Children must walk up and down the stairs for story times and programs because the alcove in the children’s area is too small for the number of children and parents that regularly attend.
  • Disrupts adults downstairs
  • There is no stroller parking available
Noise is a constant problem on both levels
  • Noisy areas are adjacent to quiet areas causing conflicts, especially around the Teen section
  • There is no separate quiet area.
  • There are no separate group study or meeting rooms
  • Seating capacity for individuals/groups and shelving are inadequate
The library layout is crowded and forces services into awkward and substandard configurations
  • Book return is sub-optimal due to the facility layout
  • Book return – Cannot be connected to a fully automated return handling system
  • Book return – Not easily accessed from the parking lot
  • Book return – Not in an efficient location for patrons or staff.
  • Book return – Alternative locations have been exhausted
  • The lighting is inadequate and there is a lack of  natural light on the lower level.

Why the library needs an immediate renovation – 3

Today we continue to focus on the status of the building

An independent report commissioned by the city in 2006, noted major problems that are still true today:

Wiring and circuit limitations throughout the building do not support today’s technology requirements
  • The electrical circuits are old and easily tripped.
  • It is not possible to add power outlets for patron use to charge their electronic devices
  • Unable to add more PCs
  • Circuits may not support a modern A/V system.

Why the library needs an immediate renovation – 2

Today we are focusing on the status of the building

An independent report commissioned by the city in 2006, noted major problems that are still true today:

The infrastructure of the library is at end of life requiring a major investment that diverts funds away from library services and library programs
    • The roof is at end of life.
    • Major plumbing repairs are needed.
    • Elevator 
      • Refurbished multiple times and continues to break down regularly.
      • Not up to code, too small – needs to be big enough to accommodate a gurney.
    • The electrical wiring needs a complete overhaul. (More on this in an upcoming post)
    • The building is not energy efficient:
      • No thermal windows
      • No insulation
      • No light sensors to switch lights on/off based on occupancy.

As a library visitor these problems are not obvious (apart from the elevator). However when any of these items fail it significantly affects users of the library.

Why the library needs an immediate renovation – 1

Today we are focusing on ADA compliance

The building is not ADA compliant.  It needs to be fully wheelchair accessible.
  • The entrance ramps on the Harrison Ave side are too steep and do not meet current standards.
  • The entrance on the City Hall side has stairs only.

Everyone, both library visitors and staff, would benefit from the library being upgraded to meet current ADA standards.

Please feel free to leave a comment to let us know how the current ramps and external stairs affect your visits to the library.