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Main Library Construction

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Constructed between 2002 and 2003, the Main Library has become a bustling center of community life for the residents of Clinton Township and Macomb Township. It has logged 6 million visits, millions of checkouts, and tens of thousands of programs, community meetings, and service hours since opening on October 26, 2003. Beginning in May 2024, the Main Library will embark on a refresh to ensure that the building is sustainable and ready to welcome the next million visitors. Read on to learn more.

Why?
After 21 years, the Main Library requires an upgrade to critical infrastructure such as heating and cooling, lighting, carpeting, and accessibility. Our goal is to keep the Main Library one of the jewels of the community for the next quarter of a century. To ensure that systems don’t fail and take months to repair due to supply chain issues or even obsolescence, the Main Library will be undergoing a major renovation.

What?
Improvements and enhancements to the Main Library will include:

  • A drive-up window for holds picks up and returns like the North and South Branch
  • Sustainable power sources:
    • A new geothermal heating and cooling system, which will harness the power of the Earth and bring home Federal tax dollars for infrastructure updates
    • Solar panels
  • LED lighting
  • New carpeting
  • Refinished parking lot
  • New and reupholstered furniture
  • Dedicated programming and computer training rooms for adults
  • Flexible work counters overlooking the patio and central staircase
  • Improved layout and enhanced soundproofing of Teen Room
  • New early literacy features for babies and toddlers and STEAM alcove for tweens in the Children’s Room

Don’t worry about your favorite features! The globe, Thomas the Train, Pewabic fountain, mural, and used book sale will still be here once the refresh is complete.

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When?
Construction will take place in five phases from May 2024-Summer 2025. Phase One will take place from approximately May-October 2024. We intend to keep the Main Library open and functioning as much as possible to serve you during the renovation.

How Does Phase One Affect You?
Phase One will include the construction of the drive-up window and installation of 100 underground wells to power the geothermal heating and cooling system. Much of the work in this phase will affect the east side of the building exterior, staff parking lot, and interior staff work areas. Here is what you should know:

  • The Canal entrance to the Main Library is closed. You must use the Romeo Plank entrance to access the Main Library.
  • The drive-up returns belt will close May 28, 2024.  While the drive-up is being updated, we ask that you return items in the bin in the interior of the circle drive in the front of the building.
  • Meeting rooms and study rooms at the Main Library are unavailable as we need to move staff and items
  • Please do not donate used books to the Main Library during the renovation. The North and South Branches are available for donation drop off.

How is this Being Paid For?
The Library Board has saved $5.3 million anticipating the need for building renovations and repairs. The remaining $9 million will come from 20-year bonds which are paid from the library’s annual operating fund. The library will NOT be requesting any increase in taxes.

Stay Informed
Updates will be posted on this page on our website. Get the CMPL app to receive alerts about unanticipated temporary closures as well as all of the other great features available. You may also sign up for the Main Library Construction Updates eNewsletter for periodic updates including photos, video, and relevant closure information.

Get to Know Our Branches
If it has been a while since you've visited our branches, we'd like to reintroduce you! Take a quick tour of the North Branch and South Branch so you know what to expect if you decide to visit during the Main Library's renovation.

         

 

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