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January 2014

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS · AVONDALE BRANCH PROJECT

  • The Avondale Branch will be temporarily closed from Monday, May 5 to Monday, May 19, while the final phase of renovation is completed. The Grand Reopening will take place on Tuesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. Click here for more details about the closing.
  • View of the back of the new addition
  • Close up of the design work on the Rookwood tile that will go over the new entrance doorway
  • The back of the new addition
  • The doorway that will be graced with the new Rookwood tile design design
  • Interior wall of the addition
  • The addition framing takes shape
  • Getting the Adult Reading Room ready for a fresh coat of paint
  • The addition framing takes shape
  • The interior of the branch has been spiffed up with new coat of paint
  • The interior of the branch has been spiffed up with new coat of paint
  • Pouring the concrete slab for the foundation
  • The elevator core is going up
  • The foundation walls have been poured and the elevator core is going up
  • The addition walls begin to take shape
  • Material for the addition walls
  • Work on the forms that support the foundation is underway
  • A Rookwood tile design over the doorway to the new addition will unify the old and new entrances to the building.
  • A Rookwood tile design over the doorway to the new addition will unify the old and new entrances to the building.
  • The addition walls begin to take shape
  • Pouring the concrete for the new elevator shaft
  • Work on the new elevator shaft begins
  • Construction on the renovation is underway!
  • Work on the new elevator shaft begins
  • Construction on the renovation is underway!
  • A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the renovation project was held at the branch on Tuesday, October 8.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks from Mayor Mark Mallory and Board of Trustees President William J. Moran
  • Postcard of the Avondale Branch, circa 1920-1930's.
  • The Avondale Branch is one of the nine area libraries in Hamilton County built with funds provided by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. The Branch opened in March, 1913.
  • The $1.2 million renovation project will make the branch accessible to everyone by adding an alternative entrance, elevator, and two new restrooms that will remove physical barriers to library service.
  • Additional enhancements include new carpeting and lighting, an upgraded HVAC system, improved Internet connectivity, reconfigured service desk, and self-check stations.
  • Avondale Branch staff, circa 1940
  • Children's Room in the Avondale Branch, circa 1913-1919
  • Customers take advantage of using some of the Library’s computers.
  • Detail of the decorative Rookwood tile entry
  • Storytime with Cate Malone, the Avondale Branch manager

Construction Timeline

2013
2014
2015
DESIGN
BID
CONSTRUCTION
Branch Closing
May 5, 2014
Reopening
May 20, 2014