We’re improving the lobby of our Main Branch.
The new lobby will have more open space and an expanded area for the browsing of new titles. Sound-dampening materials will also be installed to make the lobby more reader-friendly.
Construction will begin Nov. 1 and conclude by mid-December.
During the reorganization, certain portions of the lobby may be cordoned for safety reasons.
Also, we’d like to thank you in advance for accommodating any noise from the enhancement.
“The construction crews will do as much work as possible when the library is closed, but—to finish the project quickly—they’ll also sometimes be working when we’re open,” MPL Facilities Manager Greg Preske said.
The new lobby will be called the Kilbourne Commons, in honor of Terry Kilbourne who served on our Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2013.
“Terry served as board president, vice president, secretary and on every possible committee at some time during his two terms,” MPL Executive Director Lynn Hawkins said. “He’s helped with levies, labor negotiations, building renovations, and anything else we’ve ever asked for. He deserves to have his name commemorated in the library he helped steward.”
All of MPL’s services will remain available during the 6-to-8-week project.