Providence Public Library (PPL) trustees, staff, project partners and funders, supporters, and friends celebrated the official start of the Library’s $25 million renovation project, taking turns with the ceremonial sledgehammer at a formal Groundbreaking event today. The project is expected to last 12 to 18 months project and will yield major facility upgrades and a completely modernized library for Providence and Rhode Island residents.
More than two years in the planning, PPL is embarking on the state ’s largest-ever public library renovation this month. The project will address required life safety systems upgrades, as well as make major infrastructure improvements to Library’s downtown buildings. The 83,000-square foot project will transform the Library’s entire 1950 wing, auditorium, and special collection areas to provide 21st-century library services for Providence and Rhode Island residents.
The Library’s physical transformation of its 65-year-old Empire and Fountain Street facilities is a critical step toward fully achieving PPL’s strategic vision for the Library: ensuring that PPL is able to continue its service as a hub of education, innovation, and personal development that best meets YOUR needs and the needs of our changing 21st-century community.
Watch the full event here: