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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. 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