Your Library Under Construction

The long-awaiting construction project at the Harnish Main Library has begun! If you were at the library the week of July 31, you probably noticed the fenced-off areas in the backyard and the parking lot, along with the new construction trailer and portable toilets.

In addition to the big double gate for construction traffic to pass through the fenced area, a separate construction traffic entrance drive will be constructed from Harnish Drive just east of the regular entrance and will give a straight shot to the backyard for construction trucks and heavy machinery. You will still be able to park in any space outside of the fence, including on either side of the construction vehicle pathway.

Inside the library, smaller collections are moving to make room for the construction of a temporary “wall” where the addition will be tied into the existing building.  For example, on the lower level we have moved youth magazines to a space near the youth foreign language collection.  The youth foreign language AV collection has been sent to storage during construction. Upstairs, classical music CD’s have been shifted and the Classics collection has been moved into storage. Magazines and newspapers are now located by the nonfiction section (west side of the library). If you need help finding materials, please ask! Library staff is happy to help you. If an item you need has been put in storage, we will help you borrow it through interlibrary loan.

Movers will be onsite on Monday, August 7 to remove the magazine shelving units on both floors, some soft seating in Adult Services, and study carrels in Youth Services. The series spinners in Youth Services will be relocated to the area near the fish tank.

The Harnish Main Library will be closed on Friday, September 22 as we work to manage and move materials either to alternate locations in the library or into storage. Many of our collections will be impacted, and we ask for your patience and understanding throughout this process. We all look forward to new and improved spaces once construction is completed in September 2018.