Overview of construction project at Main

The Library is now engaged in a major capital improvement project.  Construction is underway for the build-out of the second floor of the Main Library to be followed by the complete rebuild of the Shute Park Branch Library.  The $9 million project is being financed by bonds issued by the City of Hillsboro and the Library Foundation of Hillsboro has promised to raise $500,000 for the project.  The project is being managed by the City of Hillsboro Facilities and Fleet Department.  Hennebery Eddy Architects of Portland have developed the plans and Howard S. Wright is the builder.

The Main Library second floor is scheduled to open for public use in May, 2013.  The Main Library will remain open while work is being done on the second floor.  In May, 2013, the collection and staff of the Shute Park Branch Library will be moved to the Main Library.  The branch will be closed for a complete remodel which is scheduled to conclude in March, 2014.

Project Objectives: This project will finish the second floor of the Main Library and significantly upgrade the Shute Park branch. Overall project objectives for service improvements include:

(1) More than doubling the public space in the Main Library.

(2) Near doubling of seating space at Shute Park Branch.

(3) Improved lighting, HVAC and electrical systems at Shute Park Branch.

(4) Quicker turnaround for returned library materials.

(5) Increasing shelf space to eventually accommodate a collection that meets ‘excellent’ level of state library standards.

(6) Add new and varied public meeting spaces

Click on images to view at full size. {Images courtesy of Hennebery Eddy.}

These improvements will be made without increasing library staff by improving sight lines at Shute Park Branch so that fewer people are needed to run it and implementing automated materials handling (AMH) systems at both libraries. The AMH systems will automatically check-in and sort returned materials. This will help speed returned items to their shelves, free staff from backroom tasks and increase staff ability to serve the public directly in more library space.

For the Main Library, this project will add 38,500 square feet of usable space (near the size of a football field) making it the third largest public library building in the Portland metro area.  The project will more than double the current amount of seating, adding more diverse types of seating. The library will add a 230-person capacity public meeting room to complement the 80-seat meeting room on first floor. The new meeting room will be one of the largest public meeting spaces available in Hillsboro. The remodel will also add eight small meeting rooms and two classroom sized meeting or study spaces. Shelf space will be increased, and the new stacks will allow some of the collection from the first floor to be moved upstairs. There will also be gallery space for local art and touring exhibits.  A second stairway will be added.

Second floor reading area

Second floor reading area {Image courtesy of Hennebery Eddy.}

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There will also be changes on the first floor. Some stacks will be moved to open spaces for better views, more varied seating. The remodel will expand space for pre-school materials where parents and children and sit and read or attend a story time program. The project will expand the space, seating types and comfort of the Young Adult section. New books and other library resources will be highlighted in a bookstore-like area.