Renovated Pitkin County Library won’t open until next summer |

Renovated Pitkin County Library won’t open until next summer

The renovated and expanded Pitkin County Library is scheduled to open by summer 2016, county librarian Kathy Chandler said.
Erica Robbie/The Aspen Times |

A tour Wednesday of the newly renovated Pitkin County Library showed off the progress of a $14.3 million investment, 7,000 additional square feet and eight months of construction.

Pitkin County facilities superintendent and project manager Jodi Smith led the tour. One of the project’s primary undertakings was to expand and improve the library’s community meeting space, which will now look to the outside through large glass windows.

“We wanted to bring the outdoors in and the indoors out,” Smith said.

While the library was originally scheduled to open at the end of 2015, Pitkin County librarian Kathy Chandler said they are now looking at summer 2016 as a realistic goal.

“We’ll move back here as fast as we can. I think it’ll be later in the spring when we finish all of the construction,” Chandler said.

The new library also will have a new digital media lab for content creation and production complete with a green screen, television cameras and high-definition printers and software, Chandler said.

Another one of the library’s renovation goals was to provide a more secure children’s area, Smith said, adding that the new library’s children center will isolate the children from the general public more than the previous space did.

The new library also will offer several small meetings rooms for tutoring or one-on-one interaction as well as a café and coffee bar, which Smith said she hopes will be “kind of a Starbucks experience.”

The new library’s hours will be the same as before: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.


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