The construction tape is up and heavy equipment is on the grounds of the Main Library as initial site work gets underway. The aging and outdated building will be taken down to its structural frame to erect a 21st century library to improve services and meet changing Library needs.
Improvements begin below ground where the current lower levels (built to handle the weight of volumes of books) will be converted to a parking garage. The first floor will feature a large children’s area, auditorium, technology lab, and displays of new and popular materials. There will be two flexible meeting spaces for innovative Library programming and use by community partners. A light-filled atrium will connect the Third Street and Cooper Park entrances as well as lead to the two upper floors.
Teens will have their own space on the second floor, which will also house Adult Non-fiction, Genealogy, and Special Collections. There will be an enclosed Quiet Reading Room and another reading area with a fireplace overlooking the park. Adult Fiction will be located on the third floor in a double-height reading room with an additional fireplace and views of the park. A flexible performance space will also be on the top floor. Group study and meeting rooms will be located on all three floors.
The Main Library will remain open until spring. Services will then temporarily be provided on the first floor of the new Library Operations Center which will be housed in the former Hauer Music Building one block south of the Main Library. The grand opening will take place in 2016.
LWC Incorporated, a member of the Dayton Design Collaborative, is working in conjunction with library design experts Group 4 Architects on this project. Skanska/ATCS is providing construction management services. The project is part of the Libraries for a Smarter Future system-wide facilities upgrade, made possible by strong voter support of a bond issue in 2012.
28,000 sq. ft.
100,000 sq. ft.
Moving "behind-the-scenes" staff functions such as Collection Development and IT to an offsite operations center is making a big gain in public space at the Main Library possible.
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