Montgomery’s Downtown library closed first for major renovations

Montgomery’s Downtown library closed first for major renovations
The library will get a full transformation, with new shelving, furniture, computers, smart boards (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The library will get a full transformation, with new shelving, furniture, computers, smart boards (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The library will get a full transformation, with new shelving, new furniture, new computers and smart boards
The library will get a full transformation, with new shelving, new furniture, new computers and smart boards

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library closed Monday until further notice for a major renovation that's expected to take several months to complete.

The library is wrapping up a nearly 2-year project.

"Two years ago, we started with the infrastructure, explained Karen Preuss, Assistant Library Directory about the new roof, new HVAC, new elevator, new carpet and paint that is already in place. "Now the pretty stuff starts," Preuss continues. "We're touching almost every department, every space in this building with new furnishings, we are relocating some of the rooms. Moving computer room to a different space. We're switching over to all LED lighting so that it really will see some cost savings for the city over the long term."

The downtown library is also creating what will be called The Montgomery Room.

"That's where all of our local history research room will be," said Preuss as she described the old wood and leather furniture that is planned to decorate it.

"Really just to make this an inviting place for people to come to, really be able to provide the information needs to the people of Montgomery city-county in the most up to date way with the most up to date tools," Preuss went on. "You don't know what technology will bring five to 10 years down the road, as technology keeps changing, we'll be able to keep pace with it now."

The total cost of the 2-year project is expected to be about $2 million.

The Montgomery City-County Public Library system has nine other locations that will all remain open during the renovation process downtown.

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