Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Construction Update

Starting Friday, September 5th you will see extensive construction happening in the front of the library. With financial support from our very generous Friends of the Library, the library is starting a new facilities project to improve access and safety for people entering and leaving our building and to upgrade the main entrance. A new ramp will lead from the handicapped parking space directly to the library entrance, and the steps will be redesigned to eliminate the slippery slope toward the street. Additional lighting will provide greater security along all newly paved walkways.

After last year’s heavy snowfalls, we compared costs and methods of snow removal. Placing heated tubes under the new sidewalk will actually reduce the library’s snow removal costs while making the sidewalks safer. Ensuring that Glencoe residents will be able to visit the library with greater ease and safety is a high priority for library trustees and staff.

Unfortunately, this work will present temporary inconvenience. To maximize ease of entry for our visitors, this project will be implemented in two parts: access to the building will be from the east side while construction takes place on the west side; once the new ramp and steps are completed on the west side, visitors can enter from that direction while the east half is being built. Signs will be posted to keep our visitors informed throughout the project.

The Friends, Library Trustees, and staff are all very excited about the opportunity to offer new services by refurbishing the entrance to the library to make drop off and pickup of materials much easier for everyone. As ever, if any special assistance is needed, please phone the library at 847-835-5056 and ask for the reference librarian, who can provide updated information about access and also arrange for home delivery of materials for those who find it difficult to come into the library. We appreciate your support and will do everything we can to minimize the disruption of these projects.