Belmar Library to close for extensive redesign

Final day of operations is Sept. 29; library will be closed until spring 2020

Staff report
Posted 9/18/19

Belmar Library in central Lakewood will be closed through spring 2020 for a major redesign starting Sept. 30. The Jefferson County Public Library at 555 S. Allison Parkway first opened in 2000, and …

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Belmar Library to close for extensive redesign

Final day of operations is Sept. 29; library will be closed until spring 2020

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Belmar Library in central Lakewood will be closed through spring 2020 for a major redesign starting Sept. 30.

The Jefferson County Public Library at 555 S. Allison Parkway first opened in 2000, and the library district determined it needed a refresh to reflect new trends in library service, make better use of space and update infrastructure, furnishings and fixtures.

“The Belmar Library redesign project reflects our community’s interest and needs,” Donna Walker, executive director, Jefferson County Public Library, said in a news release. “We listened to their ideas about what they want in their library and we’re working with architects to bring these dreams to reality.”

Using community input, Jefferson County Public Library identified key areas of focus in redesigning the library. Increasing safety and security and providing a welcoming environment are paramount to the project.

By redesigning the space to find efficiencies, Jefferson County Public Library increases the usable square footage of the building with enhanced way-finding and improved organization, the release said. The library also hopes to enhance the connection to the adjacent park and outdoor space by reflecting the natural surroundings in the design and creating opportunities inside for people to experience the outdoors from various areas throughout the library.

During construction, patrons can visit other locations or use the Belmar Library holds locker and vending machine coming soon to the parking garage the Lakewood Civic and Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway.

The first in Jefferson County, the lockers and vending machine offer patrons the ability to place a hold online, then pick up items and return them directly to the lockers. They can also browse a small collection in the vending machine and take the item of choice home right away. Other library services, programs and computer classes are available at other nearby locations.

HDR, a global engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services firm, provides architectural and design services for this project. Residents can follow the project and get updates on the remodel at jeffcolibrary.org/belmar-remodel.

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