Library to be closed for renovation next week

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Warren Public Library will be closed next week.

The major renovation that will result in “Meeting the Needs of Tomorrow” including the creation of a large teen space, bringing air conditioning to public spaces, upgrading the network infrastructure, and making other improvements, is expected to be completed in the fall.

Sometimes, the work makes normal operations impossible.

“There are several improvements taking place next week that involve the lobby area and the main floor, so we are unable to provide patron access to the library for several days,” Executive Director Kelli Knapp said. “Painting, carpeting, electrical work, and elevator renovation are just a few of the upgrades included.”

The library will be closed starting Monday, Aug. 29, and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The start of the work was delayed by COVID-19. Since the project began, supply-chain and other issues have caused “many, many delays with materials deliveries,” Knapp said. “”We really need doors for our renovated restrooms.”

“The renovation is running several weeks behind at this point,” she said.

The completion date has not changed much. When work began in January, officials were hoping for the renovations to be complete in the fall.

“We are hoping for a late fall completion, but a date cannot be confirmed at this time,” Knapp said.

Those who want to confirm that the library will be open for their visit are encouraged to call (814) 723-4650 or visit their online presences on Facebook, Instagram, or warrenlibrary.org.

“Thank you for your patience,” she said.


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