$600k renovation planned for Beavercreek library

The library will close on Dec. 12 to start renovations and is expected to reopen early February, according to library officials.

“We’re really excited and hopeful that we’re providing the space and the services that are meeting the need of the changing community such as the quiet study areas and ensuring that our collections are in a very user-friendly layout,” said Elizabeth Cusack, the Greene County Public Library deputy director.

Library patrons will be able to return checked out items to the bookdrop and check out held items from the bookmobile in the library parking lot.

Due dates on library materials will be extended to February during the closure. However, patrons can continue to return items in the bookdrop or at any of the community libraries within Greene County.

Renovations on the Beavercreek branch will be funded through the county library system’s capital projects fund — part of the county library’s $13.5 million annual budget for 2016.

“Programming continues to be vital and well attended in Beavercreek, so additional programming space and meeting room space … we’re excited that we’re able to provide that within the limitations of the size that we’re working with within that building,” Cusack said.

The renovations were planned after the library surveyed Beavercreek residents in 2015 about seating, space in the building and the collection organization, Cusack said.

The planned renovations mark the most recent upgrades to the building that was built in 1979. The building was renovated 1995, and an addition on the building opened in 2004, according to library staff.

Greene County Public Library has been renovating and upgrading branch facilities for more than two decades. In 1991, Fairborn Community Library was expanded and later renovated in 2009.

Other branches that have been renovated include Xenia Community Library in 2000; Winters-Bellbrook Community Library in 2008; and Jamestown Community Library and Yellow Springs Community Library in 2012.

The county library system also opened a new branch in Cedarville in 2005.