Originally opened in 1967, the library building, which is located at 3628 Bernie Anderson Avenue, has not received any significant updating in all that time. Improvements planned for the renovation are designed to meet the “immediate demands” of library patrons by improving “functional space, building interior, technology and infrastructure.”
This will be accomplished, in part, by:
- Providing more public computers, as well as increasing the number of outlets for laptops and other devices.
- Making the floor plan more patron-friendly, increasing the youth program area, creating a dedicated teen area, combining customer service into one location, and adding self-service check stations.
- Making the library safer by reducing blind spots and adding security gates.
- Updating the décor of the building with new floors and furnishings.
At 10,754 square feet, the Ridglea branch is a fair-sized building, and the improvements will make better use of the space, making each visit better for the patrons and staff. While this renovation may be a temporary step, as the library’s master plan calls for this branch to be replaced with a larger facility, it’s a good step to make the best of what is.
While the Ridglea branch is closed, the library recommends using the Southwest Regional Library, located at 4001 Library Lane, and/or the Central Library, located at 500 W. 3rd Street, although patrons can, of course, use any of the other branches in the library system.
A little paint and new furnishings always give new life to an existing structure, making it seem totally new, no matter how familiar. What a treat it will be to start the New Year (2013) with a brand-new Ridglea library!