Providence Public Library recently announced plans for a $25 million renovation that will transform 85,000 square feet of space into 21st century lifelong education center. The project addresses many pressing needs while creating a more inviting space for patrons. Programs will be front and center, with changes including:
- life safety systems upgrades
- flexible meeting, classroom, and exhibition spaces
- improved circulation
- a new education lab
- a designated reading room for special collections
- expanded computing resources
- expanded teen space and an updated children’s library
- accessibility upgrades to the 260-seat auditorium
- increased visibility in and out of the building
The project will be funded in part by a $9 million state grant from the Office of Library and Information Services, and $2 million in private funds that has already been raised. Within the next few weeks, another $4 million will be announced.
Renovations are expected to begin in August, with work scheduled over 18 months. During renovations, some parts of the 145,000 square foot building will be open, but onsite services will be limited. A small outpost will be located on the upper floors, and programs will be held in several locations across the state. See the announcement here, and visit provlib.org for updates.