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Library Construction Update - March 2021

In early June, the library construction project will move into Phase 1, which includes demolition of the building to the east of the library, as well as the demolition of most of the east portion of the current library building.

The library will remain open during the library construction project. As site preparation and construction begin, library services will continue to be conducted in the current library building. During the next year and a half, there might be a few days when we will need to close the building, but in general, people will be able to come in and use the library as usual.

There will be no public entrance on the north side of the building. There will be one restroom available in the library during this phase of the construction project, located in the Youth Services Department in the lower level.

The parking lot will be used as a construction staging area and will not be available for patron or staff use. People may park on the streets close by the library. Handicapped parking spaces will still be available on Fourth Avenue in front of the library.

Once construction activities block the alley, a book return will be installed in front of the library so patrons can conveniently return their library materials at an outdoor book return.          

Phase 2 of the project, which involves building the new addition, is slated to be completed in summer 2022. At that point, all library services will move into the newly-built structure, and Phase 3 work—renovating the historic Carnegie structure—will begin. This final phase should be finished in fall 2022.

Throughout this project, library staff members will adapt to changing building conditions, and look forward to providing library services for Baraboo area residents.