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    Jefferson County Public Library Plans Major Upgrades to Lakewood Library

    Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced that it will complete major upgrades to the Lakewood Library this summer. As a result, the Lakewood Library will be closed temporarily, from May 30 through Sept. 5, 2011.

    Planned upgrades to the library include:

    • replacement of an outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system;
    • installation of an automated book sorter;
    • updates to make the library more energy efficient; and
    • a reconfiguration of administrative offices to enhance efficiencies and workflows.

    “The Lakewood Library is one of our older libraries and our most expensive library to operate, based on expense per square foot,” said Marcellus Turner, executive director, JCPL. “This renovation will allow us to improve customer service, enhance operations, capture energy efficiencies and reduce operating costs.”

    “We recognize that closing the Lakewood Library for the summer will create challenges for patrons and employees alike, and we apologize in advance for any inconvenience,” Turner continued. “We’re giving patrons plenty of notice so they can make alternative arrangements, and we’re doing everything we can to minimize service disruptions.”

    While the library is closed, major programs (including Storytimes, Young Readers’ Fun Club and Summer Reading Club activities) will be held at the Whitlock Recreation Center at 1555 Dover Street in Lakewood.

    The book return at the Lakewood Library will also be closed for the summer, and Lakewood Library patrons will be asked to return their library materials to other JCPL locations. Other JCPL libraries in central Jefferson County, including Belmar, Golden, Arvada, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge, are gearing up for increased patron traffic, and Lakewood Library employees will be reassigned to other locations to accommodate increased demand. JCPL’s Call Center and Online Library will remain open throughout the summer. The donations door at the east side of the building will remain open throughout the project to accept book and other material donations.

    The Lakewood Library will provide services as usual through Sunday, May 29 and is expected to reopen for business on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    May 28, 2011

    Last Updated: 5-31-2013