We asked. You answered. We listened.
The feedback that we have received about our 2018 renovation provided valuable and thoughtful comments on our Library environment, which resulted in meaningful and positive changes to our design choices. We appreciate your feedback, thoughts and ideas.
The Reading Room Glass Wall
As part of the asbestos abatement process, the current glass wall must be removed. After its removal, it is our intention to create and maintain an open floorplan for greater patron and staff functionality.
Great consideration has been given to whether sound transference will be an issue in the new design. We understand that this is important to our patrons. Here are a few ways we are working within our remodel to make our spaces comfortable for all types of users:
- The installation of a new ceiling in the lobby, Lloyd and reading rooms which will now provide for sound absorption.
- New doors to the entrances to the Lloyd and youth rooms, eliminating design issues which let sound flow freely from the program rooms to the main lobby area.
- The installation of new acoustic panels in the reading room to aide in sound absorption.
- The renovation of the quiet room space, with additional seating to provide a comfortable more adult centered space for those who wish to work or study in a traditional quiet room.
- The addition of small group study rooms will provide designated space to those who are collaborating, while minimizing disruption in the main reading room.
- The installation of a new self-check station in the youth area will minimize noise in the lobby, while giving parents/caregivers the added convenience of completing their matters in one centralized location.
- By combining the functions of the circulation and reference desks in the lobby, we will have moved some of the conversation of librarians helping patrons to one location slightly further from the reading room. Our goal is to cause less disruption and continue exceptional customer service.
Evaluation of Success
The Board of Trustees recognizes the need to evaluate the success of the open floorplan model, the sound mitigation work and its auditory impact. In the Fall of 2018 the Board plans to review the auditory impacts. If they find that the auditory impact is unfavorable, the wall can be added at that time. We have been conducting decibel tests in the reading room, mezzanine and adult area to establish a baseline of data. We will continue to evaluate the impact throughout the process.
The cost for the installation of a new glass wall would be $60,000 regardless of the timing of its construction. If the glass wall is not found to be necessary, as expected, we will then have saved a significant amount of money.
The design of the proposed wall if implemented can be seen here.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Northfield Branch Library will remain open during that time.
1. The Northfield Branch Library: The Branch will be open and ready for all patrons needs. We will also be extending due dates of all materials during the closure.
2. Digital Library: Patrons have 24/7 access to materials through our Digital Library which contains eBooks, eAudiobooks, Digital Magazines, apps, Digital Movies & Music, etc.
3. Visit a Neighbor Library: The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District Library Card is also valid at neighboring Libraries. Some nearby options are: Wilmette, Glencoe, Glenview.
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A. Lobby: New circulation desk, carpeting, LED lighting and shelving.
B. Reading Room & Adult Collection: Installation of new ceilings with better sound absorption, new acoustic panels to aide in sound absorption, LED lighting, carpeting and shelving.
C. Study Rooms: Creation of three new small group study/meeting rooms.
D. Lloyd Room: New carpeting, LED lighting, whiteboard, projector, and outward facing doors to patio (coming Fall 2018).
E. Restrooms: Renovation of existing restrooms to make them ADA accessible.
F. Quiet Room: New lighting, paint, carpeting, furniture and blinds.
G. RFID Technology: Installation of self-check kiosks in the lobby and youth service areas, and an automated return system.
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H. Restrooms: Renovation of the existing restrooms, with new sinks, toilets, hand dryers and changing tables.