Sentinel staff report–
Sylvan Oaks Library closed its doors on Dec. 16 and won’t reopen to the public until mid-summer 2019, while the library undergoes various upgrades and modernization improvements.
Upgrades to the existing 12,500-square-foot library, located at the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Van Maren Lane, will include two new study rooms and a nearly 400-square-foot addition that will serve as a multi-use room, according to a statement on the Sacramento Public Library’s website. The library also says it will add about 12,000 new books to its existing collection of 65,000 items.
Other improvements will include new flooring, lighting and furniture, along with the replacement of several window walls. Restrooms will also be made ADA compliant and a children’s area will be enhanced to “integrate special sections for early learners, homework tutoring and STEM activities.”
“Our goal has been to re-create the Sylvan Oaks Library as a beautiful, welcoming and inspirational place for discovery and growth,” said Nina Biddle, Sacramento Public Library facilities manager. “We are looking forward to welcoming the community back to the library next July.”
Biddle also said the community was surveyed during the planning stages of the project and suggestions were incorporated into the upgrades planned.
A closure notice seen on a temporary construction fence outside the library on Friday said the facility is expected to re-open on July 1, 2019. The notice also said items can still be returned in a book drop on the north side of the building, as well as at any Sacramento Public Library location.
The Sylvan Oaks Library “refresh” is estimated to cost about $2 million, according to the library’s adopted 2018-19 budget posted online.