Remodeled library close to opening


Last updated 9/22/2023 at 9:44am

The Sisters Library will close temporarily September 24 in order to transition from its temporary quarters to its fully remodeled facility. The transition will take until mid-October, with no date certain, as construction and technology crews are at work completing the final steps of the upgrade and modernization.

In an announcement to the public, Library managers ask that patrons please hold returns while the library is closed during the transition period. No late fees will be charged for materials. If you have a hold on the shelf when the temporary space closes, it will be available when operations resume.

A grand reopening celebration is planned for Saturday, October 28, from noon to 2 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 12:15 p.m.). All citizens are invited to stop by to explore the new space and enjoy live music, fun activities for all ages, and free library swag. Look for more detailed information in mid-October.

The Sisters Library features 8,300 square feet of space, all housed in an exterior design that includes a partial wraparound porch with the Western appearance in keeping with the city's architectural theme. Though the building itself was constructed in 2005, Sisters has a tradition of library service that goes back decades.

The upgrades are designed to make the library more user-friendly and of greater access to the community. Improvements include:

Community Gathering Space

A large meeting room, with an operable partition wall, provides versatility throughout the day and for after-hours gatherings.

Tutor/Meeting Rooms

Two additional meeting/tutor rooms address the increased demand for collaborative and creative spaces for the Sisters community.

Children's Discovery Space

Children of all ages can enjoy an enhanced discovery space that includes room for interactive play and learning.

Book & Materials Collection

Books and other materials are displayed in the heart of the library for all to browse and enjoy.

Teen Space

Teens can meet, study, and create in a space all their own.

Cozy fireplace

Comfortable seating surrounds a new, energy-efficient fireplace.

Technology modifications feature new, high-efficiency LED lighting throughout and easier searching and check-out, along with state-of-the art book security.

Renovations include rebalancing public and staff space allocations; creating acoustically separated collaboration spaces; updating furnishings for increased collection browsability and more diverse seating with expanded public service space; and updated shelving and furnishings.

The Nugget visited the site Friday and met with technicians as they checked miles of cable and dozens of connecting points. The rooms appear brighter and more spacious, even as the footprint remains the same.


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