The Library has launched an $11.7 million facilities initiative to construct two new branch libraries, renovate a third branch to make it handicapped accessible, and renovate a historic building into a branch. This is the most significant building improvement plan the Library has undertaken in nearly 25 years.
The Library celebrated the completion of the Avondale Branch Accessibility Renovation Project with a Grand Opening ceremony May 20, 2014. The Library also celebrated the start of construction of the new new Clifton, Reading and St. Bernard branches with groundbreaking ceremonies April 21.
The grand opening of the new Clifton Branch Library was held May 28, 2015, Located in the new renovated, historic Parkview Manor at 3400 Brookline Ave., the new branch replaces a 2,500-square-foot storefront property with a 10,000-square-foot location boasting innovative features and services.
More details about the Clifton Branch project.
St. Bernard Branch
The grand opening of the new St. Bernard Branch Library was held June 22, 2015. The brand-new eight-thousand-square-foot building boasts a MakerSpace, RFID check-in and check-out, a desk free mobile service model, a larger staff, plenty of parking, and is open seven days a week to serve the community. There is also more space for reading, more computers, and a generous meeting room.
More details about the St. Bernard Branch project.
The grand opening of the new Reading Branch Library was held on June 23, 2015. The brand-new twelve-thousand-square-foot facility is located at 8740 Reading Rd. and is more than six times the size of the old branch. The new branch boasts a MakerSpace, RFID check-in and check-out of items, a desk-free mobile service model, a larger staff, a drive-thru window, plenty of parking, and is open seven days a week to serve the community. There is also expanded space for reading, a generous meeting room, and 10 times the number of computers available to the public compared with the old branch.
More details about the Reading Branch project.