08/11/2012 at 1:17pm
Library Closes for Move
The Fort Myers Beach Library addition is ready. The District has received approval to move into their new addition and plans to waste no time doing so.
The Library will be closed from Monday, August 13 to Saturday, August 18 for the move. Library staff and volunteers will work moving library materials into the new building as well as into the Friends of the Arts Bookstore location throughout the week.
Library Director Leroy Hommerding explained that the Library plans to place items into the new building in the location they will stay, which necessitates placing some items that will eventually have a home in the existing library space in the bookstore location temporarily. Renovation work on the existing library space will begin as soon as materials have been removed. Library officials expect the renovation to be complete and ready to host a Grand Opening by the end of the year.
The project broke ground on April 5, 2011 after planning that brought together ideas from taxpayers, focus groups, library staff and the Board of Directors. The expanded library will have over 34,000 square feet and house expanded collections and services. The design of the new building includes attention to the use of natural light and environmentally aware design inside and out. Library patrons will notice new technology as well as ample areas for quiet study. District officials are anxious to show the new building to Fort Myers Beach residents.
The library project was designed by Harvard Jolly Architecture and built by Manhattan Construction.