Library renewal project update

Construction on the long-planned Library Renewal Project is set to begin this month at Durham Public Library.

The project will refresh the public spaces of the library to best serve the current and future needs of the community.

Spaces for quiet study, including two small study rooms and updated reading areas, gathering space for group work, upgraded public computer and “bring your own device” access will be addressed.

The library will also be adding features to improve handicap-accessible access and services, as well as updating the carpet, paint and two main floor restrooms.

“We intend to keep the library open as much as possible during the renovation process,” Library Director Christine Michaud noted.

“However, parts of the library and portions of the collection may be unavailable as work is being done,” Michaud continued. “Locations for specific services may also change.”

The project is expected to be substantially complete by early summer. Updates will be posted on the library website and on social media.

“Please be patient with us during construction,” Michaud said. “We encourage patrons to stock up on books ahead of the renovation.”

The Durham Public Library was awarded a grant for the renewal project in the amount of $146,957 by the Connecticut State Library Board.

Additional funding is provided by the Town of Durham, The Peach Pit Foundation and the generous contributions of library supporters.


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