Library closes in October |

Library closes in October

Aspen Times Staff Report

Pitkin County Library users might want to load up on reading material this weekend, as much of the library will be off-limits to the public for the first three weeks of October.

Library patrons will deal with some significant disruptions from Oct. 2-20 while new carpeting is installed on the library’s main floor. The project will require the moving of the book stacks.

The public will have to use the entrance to the Evelyn R. Flug Children’s Library during this period. The main floor of the library and the music library will be off limits, but the meeting room across the hall from the children’s library will be available as a temporary reading and study room.

The new-book collection, current newspapers and magazines will be available there. Children’s story hours will be canceled.

Installation of the new carpeting will also prohibit access to the library’s computers, which means patrons won’t have access to e-mail, word processing, Internet research and the online library catalogs at the library. It will also prevent the public from browsing the book stacks.

The library will, however, continue to operate. Users are urged to come to the children’s library, where staffers will look up requested books and retrieve them from the upper floor. Patrons may call ahead at 925-4025 to have materials held.

When the main floor reopens on Oct. 20, the fiction collection will be housed on the mezzanine. The music library will be temporarily relocated to the southeast quadrant of the main floor, and construction will begin on the lower level. Renovation of the lower floor will provide a larger meeting room, expanded children’s library and a larger, open music library.

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