Jackhammering for 3-story Atrium Stair

Construction Gallery

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Construction on the historic $25 million transformation of our 1954 Empire Street building began in September 2018.

Our goal is to remake the Library into a light-filled, welcoming, easily navigable, state-of-the-art learning place. Here we share images of our progress. Learn more about our THINK AGAIN renovation and how you can support it.

Special Collections Move

OUT OF THE OLD and INTO THE NEW! Our Special Collections are moved into their new home, their environmentally controlled stacks! Special thanks to everyone at William B. Meyer for going above and beyond with us on this one!

First Floor Beam Cut

Making way for the three-story Atrium Staircase.

Workshop Progress

Work in our Workshop on the Ground Level is moving along. Walls going up and ceilings are getting painted.

Books Returned to Stacks

Our books are coming back and will be accessible soon...by August! The stacks are getting brightened up with new windows, paint, lighting and floor. You will also be able to search the catalog from the stacks.

New Teen Loft

Additional spaces inside include a new Teen Loft, a place specially designed for young people to gather, engage and learn.

Empire Repair Work, Washing and New Windoes

New energy-efficient windows and repair of the building's metal structure and limestone facade are part of the external building upgrades. Extended windows will let more light in!

New Windows on Book Stack Building

Our book stack building on Fountain Street has beautiful new windows, allowing light in where people will be able to read and study spaces among the books.

Third Floor Jackhammering

Jackhammering on the third floor outside of the Auditorium to make way for our new three-story Atrium Stairway.

Empire Granite Cut

Our windows on Empire Street will be lengthened allowing better viewability and more light.

Auditorium Concrete Pour

Our third-floor Auditorium will be completely upgraded and made ADA compliant.

New Views Exposed

We'll be having some new views from hidden windows and old walls being re-exposed throughout the finished project!

Rooftop Equipment Delivery

Our building will be made more energy efficient with new air handling systems.