MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Public Library will be closed for two weeks starting Monday, Oct. 7, to complete renovations that will make the library more comfortable, brighter and more spacious.
While the library is closed, new carpeting will be installed as part of a series of improvements that have been made to the library.
“We combined a lot of small projects and took out a bond issue last year to make the improvements,” said library director Terri Rhineheimer.
“The first thing we did was upgrade the computers, because a lot of people use them,” said Rhineheimer. “Ideally we plan to upgrade a third of our computers every year. We had not been able to do that, so the computer upgrade was our first project.”
“Handicapped-door openers have been added to all three library entries,” said Rhineheimer. “We’ve added more lighting and made it more energy efficient. We also reconfigured our study rooms, adding a fourth room. They are popular and well-used, and we wanted to have more space for them.”
“Outside, we are making the bike racks more visible and adding more of them,” said Rhineheimer. “We are making them permanent and encouraging bicyclists to put their bikes in the racks instead of in car spaces.”
Work began this summer after the summer reading program ended.
“We couldn’t do it with all of the children in the library,” said Rhineheimer. “Everyone has been really great about it. Our patrons have been patient with the hammering and the sawing, and the contractors have been considerate of our patrons. Everyone has put up with the inconveniences to make the library better.”
The last remodeling took place in 2004, when the library was expanded by 9,000 square feet.
“We were very prudent in deciding what work should be done, but some things you just have to do. We’ve been waiting and waiting to take care of some of these projects,” said Rhineheimer.
All of the flooring in the library is being replaced except in the community room.
“People can return library items in the bins outside while the library is closed,” said Rhineheimer. “We are thrilled with the improvements, and I think people will be very happy with them when we reopen.”