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Covington Library to Close Next Week for Construction

The Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library will be closed for one week beginning on Monday, April 15 and will re-open to the public on Sunday, April 21. The drive-thru will remain open during this time. Patrons can obtain items at the drive-thru by putting them on hold online at www.kentonlibrary.org or in person or on the phone at the Erlanger or William E. Durr branches, which will remain open during this time.

During this closure, staff will be preparing the finished Local History department on the second floor of the newly renovated facility. The new Local History Department will offer guests a quiet space to research and learn more about their family history and the history of the region. It also features an environmentally controlled space to preserve the quality of the historical materials.

Staff will also be preparing the new Young Adult Area for patrons. This new area will include the Young Adult collection, computers, as well as room for other services designed especially for young adult patrons. 

The library will also have a special Graphic Novel room where readers of all ages can find this very popular collection.

This closure marks a celebration point for the Covington Library renovation and expansion project, the library said in a news release.

The project, which officially began in April 2011 is nearing completion. The exterior of the 38-year old building has experienced the most drastic, visible changes. The new entrance and drive-thru have opened as well as part of the new Children’s Department and the Circulation Department. 

New safety features have been installed as well including a sprinkler system and fire walls.  The next and final phase of the Covington Library renovation and expansion includes work on the main floor including the new computer lab, main reading room and public meeting rooms. The project is expected to be completed this fall.

Architect Jon Sonfranec and Construction Manager Max Boulton are managing the project on behalf of architectural firm Design Group and management firm Codell Construction.  Jack Hedge of Design Group is the designing architect.

Costs for this renovation are estimated at $9.2 million. The current total estimate for the project is $12.5 million including architectural fees, furniture, computers and other items. This will be paid for by savings, bonding and fundraising efforts.  Several organizations have provided substantial support for the project including The Bank of Kentucky, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., and the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee. 

For more information on the Covington Renovation and Expansion project visit www.kentonlibrary.org/covington.

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