Library floor checks out

Addition closing Warren branch’s second level on Nov. 1

Staff photo / R. Michael Semple Construction continues on the addition of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library. Here, roofers with Boak and Sons of Austintown work on installing the roof.

WARREN — The $4.7 million addition and renovation project at the Main Branch of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library still is on track for completion around August 2022.

Cheryl Bush, library marketing and public relations manager, said the project is about 45 percent done, with the outside brick and roof of the 14,800-square-foot, one-story addition on the south side of the building nearly finished.

“There will be a lot happening within a few weeks,” Bush said.

Starting Nov. 1, the second floor of the Warren library, including the Local History & Genealogy Center, will be closed to the public as renovations begin there, Bush said. There is no set date for reopening the second floor, but it is expected to be closed for several months.

The library employees who work in the Local History & Genealogy Center will be available by phone or email to assist anyone with ongoing genealogy projects. The library also has resources for genealogical research available on its website, Bush said.

For now, the first floor of the building will remain open as usual. Come late winter or early spring, the entire Warren Library building will be closed to the public while renovations are completed in the current section, Bush said. Those renovations include the installation of a fire suppression system, she said.

An exact date for that closure will be announced at a later time.

The Board of Trustees of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library approved the expansion and renovation project in early 2020 and after some delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction began in the spring.

The addition will increase the library’s size by about 25 percent from 58,029 square feet to about 72,000 square feet, according to the library’s website. Most of the new space will be used to expand the children’s department and teen area in order to accommodate new programming and resources.

“We know that there is really a growing need for more space in the children’s department and the teen area, and that an important part of the library’s mission is to provide materials and resources to young people,” Bush said. “This new building addition will provide us more space to house our collection of books and videos, but also to offer a lot of the scheduled programming and free events that we provide that are so important to help kids get that foundation for early literacy.”

Sections of the current building also will be renovated to better support the library’s increasing technology needs and to increase the number of meeting spaces from two to 11, with various rooms designed to accommodate anywhere from two to 120 people.

The present Warren library building was built in 1971.


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