GPL Construction Updates
Greenwood Public Library is excited to announce a remodeling project to begin in April 2021. This project has been in the planning stages for several years and will touch nearly every part of our building’s interior and exterior.
Did you know that our 52,000 square foot facility is a combination of buildings built in 1963, 1974, 1990, and 2001? That means that we are somewhere between an energetic young adult and a retiree who is little creaky around the joints. We are located in an enviable spot – between a spectacular city park and an 83 million dollar planned city development. Our exterior improvements are designed to complement the new look of downtown Greenwood, and we are excited to provide a state-of-the-art facility and services for our community.
We’ll start with the roof. The oldest sections of our roof (30 years old) will be replaced and the newer areas will be recovered to match the new. Improved insulation will be added in the attic spaces for energy efficiency. New gutters and additional downspout capacity will help solve existing drainage problems.
Around the building, our light standards, railings, stonework, and signage will all be updated. Landscaping will receive a refresh and our butterfly garden will now be more handicap accessible, include new patio tables, seating, and lighting.
On the east side of the building our storage barn will receive a makeover and attractive fencing will enclose our dumpsters.
Inside the building we will continue the work we have been doing to keep your library clean, modern, and relevant. We’ve paid attention to how you use our library, and we want to give you more of what you need and use.
It was true in 2019, but even more true in 2020 – Many of you work from home or on the road. We accommodate you when you are ready for a change of scenery, or need to get some work done between appointments. Our new GPL Workzone will set you up for success. We’ll provide spacious tables, laptop plugins, WiFi connection, and large monitors so that you can be productive. Checkout a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse if you need one and hit those deadlines.
We launched the Studio in 2019 and based on its popularity we will be expanding that space! Our current maker space now includes equipment such as a Cricut, sewing machine, laminator, book binder, video digitizer, and 3D printer. In our new area we’ll have expanded work space, more equipment including a large format printer, and greater possibilities. We’ve included a GlowForge in our plans and will be talking more about that as we get closer to installation (hint: you’re going to love it!)
The library is a great place for meetings, and we regularly see tutors, study groups, clinicians, financial advisors, and attorneys meeting with clients in our spaces. As a result, we are increasing the number of study rooms to 11 with this remodel and working to meet and anticipate your needs. The GPL Living Room will be especially suited to family appointments. Several meeting rooms will be equipped with a large screen to share your presentation or work session with your group. Our new, professional board room will be available for your business to reserve for special meetings, as well.
Shelving, furniture, and offices throughout the building will also be a focus of this remodel. You may have seen some staff desks in study rooms or programming rooms. This is a result of too many small, shared offices in our current layout. Safer, more private staff work spaces will be a welcome change.
Downstairs you’ll find the new book area to your right as you enter the lobby. A new hospitality area will include our vending machines, microwave, and table for quick snacks at the south west corner of the lobby. Even the community rooms will receive a facelift with new flooring, new seating, and a whiteboard dividing wall.
Keep checking this page for updates as we begin construction in April, and see the FAQs below for more information.
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