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Posted on: October 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Downtown Library Remodel

This fall and winter, some parts of the Downtown Library are being remodeled to best meet current community needs and priorities:

  • More teen space for reading, studying, activities
  • More seating options for adults
  • More power sources for easier use of technology
  • More items added to the popular Lucky Day collection

Accomplishing these aims requires some physical rearranging, which means some items will be moved to new places. At times during the work process, various areas and items will be temporarily unavailable. 

We will do our best to make it as easy as possible for you to use the Library as fully as possible during this time. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility - and please ask us for assistance anytime!

Frequently asked questions:

- When is this happening?

Some initial work is already completed or underway. Most of the construction and moving will take place in January. Work on the 2nd and 3rd floors is expected to be completed in February. Work on the expanded teen center on the 1st floor is expected to be completed by summer.

- What is moving where?

All existing collections and services will continue. We’re just moving some items and services to different locations in the Downtown building, including:

  • New shelves on 2nd floor for CDs and DVD/Blu-Ray movies, TV, and nonfiction (documentaries, how to)
  • Expanded and remodeled teen center on 1st floor
  • Lucky Day expanded and moved near Holds shelves
  • Some 2nd floor items moved to different shelves, including Language Center
  • Shelves added on 2nd and 3rd floors
  • Some computers, tables, chairs, and outlets have been, or will be, moved or replaced

As items move, signs will be posted to help you find them in their new places.  

- Why are these particular changes being made?

The remodel decisions are based on input from Eugeneans, including: the priorities voters expressed in approving the 5 year levy; studies of people’s current use of the space; and professional judgment including an understanding of this community and public library services nationwide.

- Didn't I hear that eventually the Library will expand onto the 4th floor?

That remains the plan for some point in the future. For right now, there are other City services located on the 4th floor that will move when a new City Hall is ready.

- Does this have anything to do with the elevators?

No, the remodel is focused only on the placement of some Downtown Library items and services. The City of Eugene is handling elevator repairs in the Downtown Library building along with all of the City’s elevators. A new elevator maintenance company is now on the job, with positive results.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please let us know. Contact Library Customer Experience Manager LaVena Nohrenberg at or 541-682-8314. Thank you!

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