Friday, December 16, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 126: Barrett Memorial Library, Williams Bay

Bay library remodeling on schedule. (Lake Geneva News, 11/2/2011)

Excerpt:   The remodeling, which started in August, is intended to allow the library building to be used to its full capacity.

Once the village's municipal building, which housed the police department, the library, the Village Board meeting room and staff offices, the library's upper floor has 2,500 square feet and the lower level about 1,500 square feet.

Not all of that was being used efficiently, Becker said.

The remodeling will allow the library to spread out a bit, as well, and add amenities, such as individual reading tables around the upstairs fireplace.

While most of the changes are to the interior, a handicapped-accessible elevator, with shaft and mechanical room outside the library is being built into the library's east wall near the south corner of the building.

That would be the only addition to the building's footprint, Becker said.

Advance elevator of Big Bend, Wis., is installing the elevator.

Outside of the new elevator, perhaps the biggest change would be the removal of a wall and door behind the circulation desk.

It is also the change that's most anticipated by the library staff, Becker said.

Removal of the wall will expose an architectural flourish of an ascending series of windows, which will flood the main floor of the library with sunlight

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