Temporary central library opens today

The Mesa County Libraries central branch will reopen today at a temporary home as construction crews prepare for a $6.7 million makeover of the downtown library.

Doors are to open at 9 a.m. at the former Ashley Furniture store, 655 N. First St., which will house the main library at least through spring during renovation of the central branch at 530 Grand Ave.

Library spokesman Bob Kretschman said in a news release that patrons at the temporary location will find fiction and non-fiction sections, hold shelves, a children’s area, the Literacy Center, DVDs and CDs, Wi-Fi Internet, the Friends’ bookstore and public-use computers.

Patrons are asked to park in the lot on the south side of the First Street building for traffic safety reasons, Kretschman said.

Formerly a Safeway grocery store, the central branch will be expanded from 35,000 to 45,000 square feet. The expansion will include a glassed-in area, extending the building to the south.

Several meeting and study rooms for small groups will be included, in addition to a multipurpose room for community meetings, presentations and various children’s programs.

Approximately 65 percent of visits to Mesa County Public Library District facilities are at the facility.


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