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Renovation Phase 2 Prep Begins

 Phase 2 Prep Begins!

In preparation for the second phase of an ongoing remodeling project, the West Des Moines Public Library will close to the public for the Christmas/New Year holidays at 9pm on December 23rd, and will re-open at 9am on January 3rd, 2020. The few extra days will give staff the opportunity to prepare the Library for Phase 2 of our Renovation Project.

The remodel project has been underway since late October and Phase 1 of the work, which has concentrated on the south side of the second floor, will end just before Christmas. Phase 2 will concentrate on the north side of the second floor, including library administration offices. Edge Commercial of Grimes is the primary contractor.
During the extended December closing, West Des Moines Library staff will:

  • Move and/or store furniture that would be in the contractors’ way in the Phase 2 area.
  • Relocate and reconnect public computers, printers and copiers;
  • Move service desks on 2nd floor to make staff available to patrons in newly-renovated areas of Phase 1.
  • Re-establish administration offices on the first floor in the space most recently used by West Des Moines Parks and Recreation as temporary offices during the renovation of City Hall.

“Shortly after we re-open, our second floor study rooms will be available again,” says Library Director Darryl Eschete. “This works out perfectly; it’s just in time for mid-terms.”
During the closing, book drops will be emptied as usual, so if patrons want to return materials to the Library, staff asks that they please do so, provided what they return can be left in the book drop. Otherwise, staff asks that patrons just hold onto their checked-out items until the library reopens. Due dates will be extended to allow for the extra closed days.

The renovation will ultimately re-purpose the library’s former coffee shop, create a dedicated Young Adult space, update public furnishings, and replace worn carpet and paint throughout the building. The work will also improve existing meeting rooms, add new meeting spaces and upgrade staff work area furniture.

The West Des Moines Public Library was built in 1996 and this project will be the first major renovation of the building since the completion of West Des Moines City Hall in 2003.

The library renovation project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021, with contractors pausing during the summer of 2020 to allow for summer reading activities.