Bay Farm Island library closing for renovations
The Bay Farm branch of the Alameda Free Library closes at 6 p.m. today for renovations. Construction is expected to continue through the rest of this year.
Upgrades for the 30-year-old branch library are slated to include a reconfiguration of the library’s interior to create separate areas for adults, teens and children; the addition of new computer workstations; and upgrades of the library’s heating and ventilation system, lighting, wiring, paint, floors, furniture, stacks and counters.
Library staffers said the upgrades are intended to brighten up the library with natural lighting, make the library feel bigger and make the building more functional and accessible.
Library materials requested to be held at the Bay Farm Library will be available for pickup at the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street, and Bay Farm patrons are asked to return their materials there or at the West End branch at 788 Santa Clara Avenue when that branch reopens in late October. Story times and other activities at the Bay Farm branch will be on hiatus while the work is being done, though Alameda Recreation and Park Department activities will continue as the work is underway.
Renovations for the Bay Farm Library are estimated to cost about $1 million, which will come out of Measure O library bond proceeds. More information on the work to be done can be found on the library’s website.