The Newport Beach Central Library will begin work on an expansion project that will connect it to the new Civic Center Plaza, beginning the week that all city offices including libraries are closed for the holidays.
“Beginning in December 2010, a construction wall will be built running through the Children’s Room up to the ‘New Book’ section,” according to the library’s website. “The wall will be insulated to keep noise and dust at a minimum. Children’s materials will be consolidated within the existing Children’s Room and other branches. Audio books and newspapers have been relocated upstairs.”
The project will connect the library’s second floor to the new Civic Center Plaza with a bridge that will include a cafe, a credit union and wireless lounge area.
The first floor expansion will include a larger children’s area, larger adult reading areas, a multimedia room and a staircase to the second floor.
“Beginning in Spring 2011, the first floor construction wall will be extended and another insulated construction wall will be built on the second floor, 18 feet from the back of the building to accommodate the expansion,” the website states. Materials from that area will be consolidated and moved to the second floor, and study tables will be placed along the new construction wall.
The main stairway also will be closed during bridge construction, so patrons will have to use the elevator or the stairs by the Children’s Room for second-floor access.
The second-floor expansion will include restrooms, the bridge and public areas for study and research. There also will be a new parking structure with access from the second level and an additional main entrance and checkout area.
Completion of the Civic Center and the opening of the bridge is scheduled for December 2012. For more information, call (949) 717-3101.
The library will reopen on Jan. 3 and remain open during normal hours throughout the project.