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West End Library to close for renovation

Submitted by on 1, February 25, 2010 – 5:40 amOne Comment

The West End Library is set to close at 5 p.m. March 13 for a Measure O-funded overhaul. The renovations are expected to continue through the end of the year.

The Carl Werner-designed, 1935 building, which was built with a grant from President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, will be getting a seismic retrofit; new lighting, flooring, shelves and counters; new wiring, heating and cooling, bathrooms and a new staff room; furniture, security gates and checkout machines. The interior space will be remodeled to separate out space for adults, teens and younger kids, and work will be done outside as well.

“Consultants from Noll & Tam Architects hope the remodel will return the 1930s look and feel to the beautiful West End facility and make the building functional and accessible to all,” a press release announcing the renovations said.

Materials being held at the West End Library for patrons will be moved to the main library, which is at 1550 Oak Street, and materials from that library should be returned at the main library or the library’s Bay Farm branch.

The estimated cost of the retrofit work for the library, which sits at 788 Santa Clara Avenue, is $1.2 million. Measure O passed in 2000.

When the West End work is complete, renovations will begin at the library’s Bay Farm branch. Those renovations are estimated to cost $1 million.

One Comment »

  • Jon Spangler says:

    I ran into Jane Chisaki, our terrific Director of Library Services, today at CVS/Long’s. She told me that the cost for this project is lower than expected, due to the recession. This is one good result of our economic woes, as our limited bond funds are going farther than they might otherwise.

    The West End branch library certainly has needed this work for a long time, and I’m glad to see that it is finally happening. We need good libraries with good light, functional spaces, and up-to-date technologies for both the staff and the patrons.

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