You've probably already heard about our upcoming closure. We're done our best to spread the word, and it's almost time to lock our doors, roll up our sleeves, and begin working on the most extensive phases of our renovation. This includes removing lots of carpet, asbestos abatement, carpet installation, demolition of the current Circulation Desk, installation of new shelves, relocating to the new Circulation Desk, moving lots and lots (and lots!) of library materials, and more. Our last day open to the public will be tomorrow, April 28. We'll be closed until May 29.
The most important thing you need to know is that you do not need to worry about due dates during the closure. Nothing will be due back to our library while we are closed. Yes, that includes items with a one-week circulation period like DVDs and magazines. It also includes items that you've requested from other libraries and checked out in Superior.
If you need to return items while we are closed, the outdoor book return will be available. However, if possible, we ask that patrons hold on to their materials until after we reopen. Why are we asking you to do that? While we are closed, library staff will be moving the entire collection (books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, magazines, EVERYTHING) to their new homes on the brand-new shelving, so the fewer items we have being returned, the easier it will be for us to complete this part of the project. So--if at all possible, find a special spot for your library materials and keep them safe until we reopen. But if that's not possible, feel free to put them in the outdoor book return.
The other important thing to know is that we will be offering pickup of holds during the closure. Twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays, library staff will be available in the lobby between 4 and 6 p.m. so patrons can pick up the items they've placed on hold. We will continue to receive deliveries from other libraries and you will continue to get notifications when they are ready to pick up. If you're unable to come to the library during these special pickup hours, don't worry--these items will be available for you to pick up once we reopen.
What about the new entrance? Well, that's still coming. Exterior work will begin after we reopen (weather-permitting) and is anticipated to be finished by the end of July. But when we reopen on May 29, the interior work should be just about completed.
Phone service will be limited during the closure, so if you have questions or concerns, the best way to contact us is via email. Please use the following email addresses and direct your concern to the appropriate department:
So as we approach the final phases of the renovation, we just want to thank you once again for your patience during this project. Your continued support have meant the world to us, and we can't wait for you to see the results.
Superior Public Library has proudly served the residents of Douglas County, Wisconsin since 1888. After 25 years in our current location with no major upgrades, it's time for some improvements! Follow along with our six-month remodeling project, scheduled to be completed in May 2018.