The Lodi Public Library is preparing to occupy a temporary home beginning next month while the Locust Street facility is being renovated to make it more convenient and comfortable for visitors.
The Library will close the week of Dec. 1 while it moves two blocks south to its temporary home at 212 W. Pine St., across the street from City Hall and the former location of the City of Lodi's Finance Department. Construction and other improvements at the Library's current home will last approximately four months.
The Library will reopen at its temporary home the week of Dec. 15. The exact date will be announced when known. No library materials checked out before Dec. 1 will be due until the library reopens.
Many books and periodicals will be relocated to the temporary home, as well as computers. The children's programs also will continue at 212 W. Pine St., and the Friends of the Library and Foundation offices also will move to the temporary location.
Some temporary changes Library patrons may notice:
- The Library will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Fridays.
- The 24-hour book return bin behind the library will be moved on Dec. 5 to a new location behind 212 W. Pine St. Materials returned during this time will be processed by library staff. Videos are not normally allowed to be returned in the bin, but they will be accepted for this week.
- No community or meeting rooms will be available during the four-month period.
After construction is finished, patrons will find a new entry that provides easier access, refurbished restrooms, new floor coverings and reorganized circulation desk.
The Library is scheduled to reoccupy its 201 W. Locust St., quarters in April 2009.