Renovations

Join us for the Grand Reopening Celebrations

After 11 months of major renovations, Sun Ray Library and Highland Park Library are set to re-open in November!

Sun Ray - November 8, 1-5 p.m.

Sun Ray Library1:00 p.m. - Harding High drum line and pep band

2:00 p.m. - Program with Mayor Chris Coleman, City Council President Kathy Lantry, SPYS Director Tracine Asberry, Friends President Peter Pearson, and 3M Global Business Manager Matt Tempelis

2:30 p.m. - Bird feeder making with Elpis Enterprises

3:00 p.m. - Presentation by Lawal Scott Erickson, architects

4:00 p.m. - DJ Kool Akiem

Throughout the day: teen maker activities, art project with public artist Amanda Lovelee, and light refreshments from Urban Oasis.

The new Sun Ray Library features: an additional 2,500 square feet of public space; a new outdoor reading garden; a quiet, enclosed reading area; meeting and study rooms; the 900-square-foot 3M Community Room, which will offer after-hours access; increased natural lighting; new areas for children and teens; and a new public art installation.

Sun Ray Renovation Photo Gallery on Flickr

Designs and Floor Plans:

Highland Park - November 16, 1-5 p.m.

Highland Park Library1:00 p.m. - Menken Brothers Jazz Trio

2:00 p.m. - Program with Mayor Chris Coleman, Library Board Chair Chris Tolbert, Colleen Fridlund (Horace Mann Elementary School), and Friends President Peter Pearson

2:30 p.m. - Clearwater Hot Club and Balalaika Orchestra

3:00 p.m. - Presentation by Lawal Scott Erickson, architects

Throughout the day: teen maker activities, art project with public artist Amanda Lovelee, coffee and cookies.

The new Highland Park Library features: an additional 5,000 square feet of public space; an Express Center at street level; a community meeting room; an expanded children's area; a new teen zone; comfortable seating for reading; and an outdoor reading garden.

Highland Park Renovation Photo Gallery on Flickr

Designs and Floor Plans:

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: