We’re Moving Back! (Frequently Asked Questions)

My, how eight months just zooms by! It seems like yesterday that we were preparing everyone for our move to the Elgin Mall. Now we’re doing our best to prepare you for the move back to Curtis Street. Below are a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. We’ll be posting updates as they come along. If you have any questions about the move back, please do not hesitate to call the library at 519-631-6050.

Is St. Thomas Public Library staying in the mall?

We loved being here, but we won’t be staying as it isn’t economically feasible to provide service from more than one location at this time. The Library Friends Shop will continue to have their used book sales at the mall.

When are you moving back to Curtis Street?

The library will be closed Monday, December 19, 2011 to Saturday, January 14, 2012 to make the transition from the Elgin Mall to Curtis Street. In preparation, the library will close early (5:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, December 14 to Saturday, December 17.

All loans have extended due dates. Nothing will be due back to the library until after it opens on Curtis Street. Any books borrowed before December 17 will be due on January 23, 2012 or after. Other material will have extended loan periods once the closing date draws closer. (For example, magazines, DVDs, and CDs.)

A drop box will still be available at the Elgin Mall location and at the Curtis Street building if you would like to return your borrowed material early. You can also place holds on material online, and can pick them up once the library opens back up on Curtis Street.

The move back to Curtis Street will be more complex and challenging than the move to the Elgin Mall. We will be fitting our collection into the building in new shelving and a new layout. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the closing causes and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to create an even better library experience for you.

How are the renovations going?

Construction will be finished in early December 2011. Over the last six months, we fixed leaky roofs, scraped coverings off the skylights, cut through concrete to add windows, and added washrooms on every floor. Now we’re ready to add the finishing touches!

Does the library on Curtis Street look any different?

New colours! Bright lights! The Revitalized Library will look very different… Gone are the drab walls, tired furniture and dark corners. There will be colour on some accent walls, lots of glass walls, and new architectural features.

Look for the familiar cedar slats that used to hang on the ceiling used in innovative ways as decorative accents!

What can we look forward to seeing in the new space?

We focused on making the spaces brighter and more open, so all the library’s resources will be more accessible.

New multi-purpose service desks on each level will meet your needs, whether you have a question, need a new card, or want to borrow a book.

Quiet places to study, an expanded local history area, sunlight through the re-opened skylights – and we’ll be able to accommodate more children in programs where we had to turn away before.

What might not be so obvious is a focus on energy efficiency with better lighting, insulated walls, and caulked windows.

What will parking look like?

Parking hasn’t changed – there is parking in front, in the City Hall lot, and in the public lots on Scott and Mondamin streets.There are two accessible spaces on the east side of the library building.

How much is it going to cost?

The City of St. Thomas provided $1.3 million, including a provincial accessibility grant. Public donations from the Palmer family, local businesses, the Friends of St. Thomas Public Library, and generous donors like you added another $500,000 for furniture, equipment, and enhancements.

We expect the construction to end up on budget – all the unexpected little things that came up during construction we accommodated within the project’s approved costs.

Are the library staff excited about moving back?

Library staff are really excited that the Revitalization Project is nearing completion. It’s time to move back “home.” And we know you’re going to be excited to see it!

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