East Lansing Public Library Re-opens January 11

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Thursday, January 7, 2016, 10:05 am
Ann Nichols

The wait is over (at least part of it):  East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will open its doors again on Monday, Jan. 11. The library closed in December to prepare the building for a pending renovation project.

According to a press release, “when the library reopens next Monday, the first phase of the renovation project will be underway and a third of the floor space and approximately half of ELPL’s collection will be accessible to patrons. There will also be a limited number of public computers.”

 Once completed, the newly-renovated library will have “a reconfigured floor plan, enhanced spaces, a cyber café and much more.” The renovation project is slated to be completed by the end of August or early September 2016.

 “We appreciate our patrons’ continued patience as the renovation project continues,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “We are excited to reopen next week after closing our doors for a month and are even more excited for the completion of the renovation later this year.”

A limited collection of books and public computers will be available at ELPL’s 2.0 Maker Studio at 300 M.A.C. Ave. until the renovation is completed, and there will be another “small collection” at the East Lansing Department of Public Works. BabyTime, ToddlerTime and StoryTime programs will continue to be hosted at All Saints Episcopal Church throughout the duration of the project, as well as the Teen After School program.

As we reported previously, the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library will not be able to accept book/collection donations until the renovation project is completed later in the year. “Community members are encouraged to donate their books and collection items to neighboring libraries and other organizations” until that time. Here are some ideas about where to take your books until the Friends are back in business.

Community members with questions about the project and/or library programming can call ELPL at (517) 351-2420. Learn more about the project and how to donate to the library’s Capital Campaign for additional renovations at http://elpl.org/renovate.

East Lansing Public Library is located at 950 Abbot Road.


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