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WDM Public Library extends holiday closing

Post Date:12/02/2019 11:01 AM

In preparation for the second phase of an ongoing remodeling project, the West Des Moines Public Library will close to the public for the holidays at 9 p.m. on December 23, and will re-open at 9 a.m. on January 3, 2020. The extra days will give staff the opportunity to prepare the Library for Phase 2 of the Renovation Project.

In addition, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department is expected to move from the library back to their original location on the first floor of City Hall in mid-December.

Library construction has been underway since late October, and Phase 1, 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.

During the extended December closing, West Des Moines Library staff will:

  • Move and/or store furniture that would be in the way during Phase 2;
  • Relocate and reconnect public computers, printers and copiers;
  • Move service desks on 2nd floor to make staff available to patrons in newly-renovated Phase 1 areas; and
  • Re-establish administration offices on the first floor in the space most recently used by the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department 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 and patrons are encouraged to use them as long as returned items are appropriate for the book drop. Otherwise, patrons can hold on to checked-out items until the library reopens. Due dates will be extended to allow for the extra closed days.

The renovation will ultimately repurpose 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 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.

Readers should contact Library Director Darryl Eschete at (515) 222-3409 or with any questions or concerns.