The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) will be undergoing significant and long overdue facility and site improvements beginning in mid-August through November 2021.
Gordon Construction Services has been contracted to perform the improvements. The work includes replacing and regrading a portion of the front sidewalks from the south ramp to just past the main entrance, including the front steps. The three honey locust trees in front of the library will be removed and replaced with trees that are indigenous to Michigan and that will not impede on the building as the honey locust have over the years. This is phase one of a two phase project which includes the sidewalk and eventually the installation of an interactive children’s garden.
In addition to phase one of the sidewalk replacement, the south side book drop drive and parking will be resurfaced and the curve will be straightened. This will include the removal of one tree. From the site work we move inside where there will be a complete replacement of the HVAC system and some of the electrical panels. The air handling units date back to 1963 and some units are not functioning at capacity, which means there are moisture issues that are causing mold issues in some places. The electrical panels date back to 1962 and 1975.
All of these updates will cause disruption to our patrons and staff in that the main entrance will be relocated to the north end door when the sidewalk work is being done; the book drop drive will be closed to drive-thru traffic; and the interior work will disrupt some public spaces. The library will remain open during the site and facility updates. The East Lansing Public Library fund balance will be used to do the much needed improvements. Over the past 10 years the ELPL has been saving money for facility projects. Please stay tuned for additional information as the start date for the site and facility work approaches.