Library to close for the day on Monday, March 2
The West Des Moines Public Library will be closed on Monday, March 2, for the installation of new furniture on the second floor of the building at 4000 Mills Civic Parkway. Throughout that week, contractors will put in other furniture and electrical connections as part of the renovation of the building that started this past fall.
The work also means the library’s public computers will be out of service for the week and back online by the following Monday.
“We anticipate that this should be the last public inconvenience for a while,” says Library Director Darryl Eschete. “Contractors will pause the work before May 1 so staff can prepare for the Summer Reading Program without working around a construction schedule, but there should be no more interruptions until August.”
The current West Des Moines Public Library building opened in 1996 as a space shared by the Library and West Des Moines City Government. This arrangement continued until 2002, when the current City Hall at 4200 Mills Civic was completed.
The library renovation is the first major overhaul of the building since that time, and the plans include the addition of a large teen area on the first floor, more meeting rooms on the second floor, new work spaces and cubicles for staff as well as new carpet and fresh paint throughout the building.
Funding for the estimated $3 million project comes from both public and private sources, including local option sales tax money and a donation of just over $350,000 from the West Des Moines Public Library Friends Foundation.
Contractors and city engineers expect to complete the project in early spring of 2021.