The Lafayette Public Library will begin construction on its interior in the early summer of 2013. The renovations are expected to bring the tax supported library into the present, while planning for the future.
"After 35 years, we are getting a big face-lift. Perhaps not quite as much on the exterior but on the inside it will be a modern library," said Sona Dombourian, the Library Director.
Three thousand square feet will be added to accommodate all of its needs. In the past, the public only has access to the first two floors, but the new library will utilize all three floors. Bigger story time rooms for children, more study areas, and a new cafe' are additions Dombourian said are necessary.
"Technology has changed libraries so much. It changes every day and we're not just books anymore. We're computers, we're internet access, we're meetings spaces."
The library closed in 2011, and moved to a temporary location on Jefferson Street. Dombourian said the location is operating well, even on a small scale, but they are ready to complete the multi-million dollar renovations.
"What we don't have are study spaces and meeting spaces, and we have a little story time room. We really are ready to get back into that main library as soon as we can. It's going to be bigger and better than it was before."
Bids will be sent out for contractors in the coming weeks. Asbestos and demolition of the inside have left nothing but a shell, and interior renovations should begin in early June. The projected completion date is early 2015.
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