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Renovations

Coming Late 2021

Building Renovation Plans

Starting in mid-to-late 2021, Millburn Library will start major renovations to upgrade key areas inside the building, including the Children’s Room, a relocated Teen Area, new service desks, as well as other aesthetic changes that will benefit the community for years to come. For a FAQ of what will be available during the closure, click here.

The Children’s area will expand by nearly 20%, and receive new seating, additional shelving, and an upgraded design. Scroll down further to see renderings of the future space.

The new Teen Space will benefit our after-school teen patrons, allowing collaboration & socialization in an area of their own. It will be located under the mezzanine in an enclosed room, allowing for better sound control and a better library experience for all, especially those seeking a quiet place to study and relax. The existing Teen area, by our beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows, will be revamped into a comfortable seating lounge overlooking the South Mountain Reservation.

Final features include new service desks for Circulation & Information, as well as new carpeting, lighting, and other changes.

To read the complete details, see our press release outlining the process.

New Children's Room

Our busiest area, the Children’s Room, is set to grow by 20%, allowing additional seating for favorites like Storytime & crafts, while new shelving for growing collections will be added, some of it modular to allow for flexibility of the space.

Find out what's going on while we're renovating

Library Renovation F.A.Q.

Will the Library be closed during renovations?

The project will result in a short-term closure of the building itself while construction is ongoing, beginning on or about October 1st. The expected closure is due to last for fourteen weeks. However, staff & services will still be available to serve the community virtually, just as they did during the height of the 2020 pandemic. We will also operate a temporary “mini library” with select services at 253 Millburn Avenue, about 3 blocks from the library building.  This is the former “Annie Sez” store.  There is plenty of parking at this temporary location.

Additionally, the Children’s Room will be closed for some time after a partial re-opening the rest of the Library, for finishing touches. A grand re-opening is scheduled for the conclusion of the entire project.

What is the "Mini Library"?

While the main Library building is closed, we hope you’ll still visit us! Library staff, select materials, and services will be available locally, in our temporary “mini-library”.  The temporary library will be located at 253 Millburn Ave in the former “Annie Sez” store.  The temporary library will have a small collection of books, periodicals, computers, and more.  It will be open 7 days a week. 

How/Where do I check out items?

In addition to the express services at our temporary location, Millburn cardholders will be able to receive walk-in library service from all BCCLS libraries, including nearby Livingston & Maplewood. Holds that you place on your library account can be sent for Pick-Up at any branch of your choosing. Additionally, Millburn cardholders have special reciprocal privileges with Summit Library, allowing in-person service there.

 

Library services...?

Key services are listed below, with information on how to get them. Throughout the entire duration of the project, Library staff will be available during normal hours in-person at the pop-up “mini Library”, as well as via email, phone, text, and Zoom (contact info here). As soon as the Library knows more about the pop-up location, information will be posted below about the availability of key services, like notarizations, public computer use and more.