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Renovations have begun!

Renovations include: completing the second floor of the library where 18,000 sq. ft. of space has remained unfinished since the library was built in 2004, creating new interactive spaces for kids, adding more study rooms for all ages, an expanded teen space, and more.

The entirety of the project will be split into three phases. To start, we will be closing off access to the second floor of the library while our unfinished area is transformed into a new children’s space. In later phases, we will have portions of the first floor closed to the public while additional renovations take place. During all phases of construction, the library will continue to maintain regular hours. Construction is scheduled to be complete by next summer and you can track our progress here. We will continue to post project news and updates on this page. Stay tuned, exciting times ahead!

 

Construction Update (2/28/2024)

Work on Phase 1 continues to take place on the 2nd floor of the library. We anticipate that our new youth space will be ready by the end of the school year to kick-off our summer reading program in June. Beginning March 4th, the library will be operating in a reduced footprint on the first floor as we begin Phase 2 of construction. During this time, restrooms and programming space will be located on the 2nd floor. We will have limited study space and kids activity space during this time.

 

 

Conceptual Images (1st Floor)

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Photos (1st Floor)

 

 

 

 

 

Conceptual Images / Video (2nd Floor)

 

Construction Photos (2nd Floor)

Comments
  • I am so thrilled to see all these changes and improvements to an already outstanding library. I have said many times that though I am 5 minutes walking distance from Livonia Civic Center Library, I almost always choose to go to RTPL instead.

    As a child growing up in Redford, I remember visiting (at Beech & 5 mile of course) all the time with my mother. I spent many hours in the children’s section. She took me to the movies there too. As a unique woman in the mid 60s, returning to college while I was in elementary school, she used resources there (by the time she died she had earned her Bachelor’s, 2 Masters and her PhD).

    It was a favorite library to bring my son to when he was young. I remember too when the library packed up all the books to move to 6 Mile – I thought it was a genius idea to utilize h.s. football teams to pack books!

    I absolutely love the art deco architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright design styled lamps. When it was fairly new I held a (work) event in the room upstairs and also enjoyed the free movies until Covid prevented these. I look forward to all these changes and improvements. Thinking about them makes me look forward to Spring. Thank you for all your continuing work to keep this a fantastic resource for the community!

    1. Barb, thank you so much for the kind message and story. We are very excited about the projects we’re working on and can’t wait to share them with the community!

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