The Danville Library is closed to the public through June 26 as construction crews complete renovations aimed at upgrading aging equipment and decor at the downtown facility.
Work began Monday on the nearly $265,000, town-funded project to replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, remodel the public restrooms and enhance the adult and teen sections' seating areas.
"The Danville Library has always been a fantastic community resource, with welcoming staff and a beautiful facility," Contra Costa County Librarian Jessica Hudson said in a statement. "With the town of Danville providing these needed updates, the library will be able to provide an even higher level of service and comfort."
During the closure, the library will offer minimal services to patrons in the Mt. Diablo Meeting Room, on the south end of the building across from the Danville Community Center entrance.
Located at 400 Front St., the Danville Library opened 20 years ago and receives more than 280,000 visitors each year, according to town officials.
"While many of us still remember the Danville Library's grand opening like it was yesterday, the library building is now two decades old and has attracted over 5 million patrons," said Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager for Danville. "Improvements to the library restrooms, infrastructure, lighting and seating will be welcomed by the community."
The improvement project includes an estimated $119,601 in HVAC upgrades, including replacing eight large HVAC units on the library's roof, according to Geoff Gillette, town public information coordinator. The exterior book drop will be closed for safety reasons during the HVAC work.
Other renovation components include $85,332 in restroom improvements, $40,000 for high-grade commercial furniture and lounge chairs, and $20,000 in lighting work, town officials said.
The project funding comes from the town's library asset replacement fund, Gillette said.
Though the library is closed to the public until June 27, patrons can still place holds on materials. People will be notified by phone or email that their item is ready for pickup.
Other minimal library services will be available, including catalog computers for on-site account access or to search and place holds on library materials, staff assistance with e-commerce, account issues and limited reference, phone reference, return of library materials during regular hours, renewal of existing library accounts and opening of new library cards, town officials said.
For more information on library services available during the closure, contact Brooke Converse, community and media relations coordinator, at 927-3213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.