The Oak Ridge Public Library will be renovated during the holidays, and the library will be closed several days around Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The restrooms will be completely rebuilt, and the Children’s Room will be “getting an all-new look that will help everyone discover new ways to read, learn, and play,” a press release said.
The library will be closed for the Christmas holidays from December 23 to 26 and for the New Year’s holiday from December 31 to January 2, the press release said.
“Over the few days immediately before Christmas and in between Christmas and New Year’s, the library building will be closed to public traffic,” Oak Ridge Public Library Director Julie Forkner said. “However, patrons will be able to check out materials through our curbside service. Mobile printing will be available, and library staff will be available via phone and email. Patrons needing a wireless connection can place a Hotspot on hold with their library card or use the library’s public Wi-Fi, which extends to the plaza and into the library’s parking lot.”
Curbside service will run from 1 to 6 p.m. on December 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, and 30, the press release said.
“After placing a hold on books, movies, music, or Wi-Fi hotspots through the library’s catalog, patrons will receive a text message, email, or phone call letting them know their materials are available,” the press release said. “Patrons will park in front of the library’s outdoor book drop, call the posted phone number and library staff will check out and deliver items. Any items placed on hold after 9 a.m. will be available for pick up the following day.”
“While the library is closed to the public, multiple renovations will be taking place in the building,” Forkner said. “We will be installing a new circulation desk and preparing for the Children’s Room and bathroom renovations. When the library reopens on January 3, the Children’s Room will be temporarily relocated into the Library Auditorium.”
All regularly scheduled library programs will continue as planned, the press release said.
Although the planned renovations will temporarily cause some services to be relocated, the library plans to provide its regular level of service during all renovations. Once the renovations are complete, the library’s bathrooms will not only be new but compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act as well. The Children’s Room will be re-designed with new shelving, new play spaces, and fresh carpeting, the press release said.
For more information, call the library at (865) 425-3455, visit ORPL.org, or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter at OakRidgePubLib.
Oak Ridge Public Library is located at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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