The East Lansing Public Library will be closed to the public May 16 - 22 to move library collections, services, and staff into the newly renovated north side of the building, in preparation for Phase II of the library's ongoing renovation project. This will allow construction crews to begin renovation work on the south side of the building.
While the library is closed no items will be due. All digital resources will remain available to patrons, and an external book drop will also be available. StoryTime, BabyTime, ToddlerTime, and the Teen After School Drop-In Program will be hosted at All Saints Episcopal Church, 800 Abbot Road.
The ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio will remain open for normal hours during the closure of the library. In addition, ELPL 2.0 will be a drop off location for items, and a hold pickup location, for patrons that request that their hold be sent to ELPL 2.0 by responding to their hold-pickup notice. ELPL 2.0 will also offer a small number of public computers for patrons needing internet access.
The ELPL 2.0 Maker Studio is located on the second floor of the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C. Ave., and hours for the facility are:
- Tuesdays, 12-6pm
- Wednesdays, 12-8pm
- Thursdays, 12-6pm
- Saturdays, 11-5pm
When the library re-opens on May 23, library services will be provided from the north side of the building. The temporary main entrance will be the former meeting room entrance, located at the north-east corner of the library's public parking lot.
Additionally, the library's external book drop will be moved from the half circle drive on the south side of the building to the north side of the public parking lot.
During Phase II of the renovation, expected to be completed in September 2016, approximately one-third of the floor space and collection will be accessible to patrons. ELPL staff would like to thank patrons in advance for their patience during the closure and throughout the renovation.
About the Renovation
ELPL will undergo an exciting renovation of its interior thanks to a very generous donation of $1.5 million from a library patron.
“This is a wonderful gift to the library and the community,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “We have the opportunity to create the library that the East Lansing community deserves.”
The renovation will transform ELPL into a community hub and learning space. The children’s area will be moved and enhanced with an early childhood literacy area, the teen space and Maker Studio will be expanded, a cyber café with vending machines will be added, a family bathroom will be built and the floor plan of the library will be reconfigured to create more open space. The library’s collection will be moved around as part of the renovation, but the number of items in the collection will be close to the same.
The renovation will also allow ELPL to plan for the future with added data and electrical outlets, mobile shelving/furniture and small group meeting spaces.
The renovation project is slated to be completed by September 2016. Community members with questions about the project or the temporary closure of the library can call (517) 351-2420.