Renovations

Less than month to go before Highland Park and Sun Ray reopen!

Join us for the Grand Reopening Celebrations!

Sun Ray Highland Park

Grand Reopening November 8, 1-5 p.m.

Dedication ceremony with Mayor Chris Coleman, City Council President Kathy Lantry, and corporate sponsor 3M.

Performances by Harding High School drum line and pep band.

DJ Kool Akiem

Maker activities, light refreshments, architectural and public art program.

Grand Reopening November 16, 1-5 p.m.

Dedication ceremony Mayor Chris Coleman, City Councilmember Chris Tolbert, and others.

Performances by Menken Brothers Jazz Trio, Balalaika Orchestra, and Clearwater Hot Club.

Family-friendly activities including a jump castle, Zumba, and crafts.

Maker activities, light refreshments, architectural and public art program.

The renovated library features:

  • 2500 square feet of additional public space
  • Larger community room with after-hours access
  • Expanded children's area
  • New teen zone
  • Outdoor reading garden
  • Quiet reading/studying area

The renovated library features:

  • 5000 square feet of additional public space
  • Express Center at street level
  • Community meeting room
  • Expanded children's area
  • New teen zone
  • Comfortable seating for reading
  • Outdoor reading garden

Designs and Floor Plans:

Exterior

Floor plan

Interior

Site plan

Designs and Floor Plans:

Exterior

Entry level

Library level

Site plan

Sun Ray Renovation Photo Gallery on Flickr Highland Park Renovation Photo Gallery on Flickr
   

Holds:

If you have holds requested for pick-up at Sun Ray, you can log in to your account and change the pick-up location.

If you do not change the pick-up location, Sun Ray holds will automatically be sent to Hayden Heights.

Holds:

If you have holds requested for pick-up at Highland Park, you can log in to your account and change the pick-up location.

If you do not change the pick-up location, Highland Park holds will automatically be sent to Merriam Park.

 

About the Highland Park and Sun Ray Renovation Projects

A public-private investment will support renovation projects at Highland Park and Sun Ray libraries. Construction at each library will begin in early 2014, with project completion anticipated in summer or fall of 2014.

By modernizing and reconfiguring these facilities, the projects will produce more space for the public. The designs will anticipate the adaptability and technology needs of current and future library users.

Highland Park Library was built in 1954 (and known then as the Ford Parkway library). The building was redesigned in 1974, and the current library shares its facility with the Hillcrest Recreation Center. The renovation budget at Highland is $7,930,000.

Sun Ray Library was built in 1970, and minor renovations and additions were done in 1985 and 2000. The Sun Ray library renovation budget is $5,545,000.

Survey Results

In August 2013, we surveyed library users about what they enjoy most about the libraries and what they would like to see more of in the future. Here are summaries of the results: