With the work nearly done, the Shippensburg Public Library is ready to celebrate.
The library has scheduled a Library Celebration Day on Sept. 30 to show off the recently completed addition at the facility at 73 W. King St. The 9 a.m. event will serve as the grand opening of the library’s addition and celebrate completion of its $6 million renovation and expansion project.
“It’s a beautiful new space for the community to come and enjoy,” said Jody Cole, library executive director. “We’ve improved a large area of downtown Shippensburg. … We’re very grateful to the community for supporting us.”
Work began at the library in July 2015 and was completed in two phases. The final phase, construction of a 6,000-square-foot one-story addition, is nearing completion and expected to open later this month.
“We’re pretty close,” Cole said. “We’ve had a few delays. We were originally scheduled to open in May. But a rainy spring held up some of the brick work, and we had some delays with steel construction. But we’re not that much behind schedule.”
According to Cole, the first phase of the project, completed at a cost of $1.3 million, focused on renovation of the existing library; the second phase, construction of the addition at a cost of $4.7 million, started in August 2016.
Cole said improvements to the library include the addition of elevators; sprinkler, and heating and cooling systems; and handicapped accessible rest rooms. The Pennsylvania Room, which houses a collection of books on the state’s history, was renovated and moved from the second floor to the third floor.
She said the addition connects to the existing library and houses the children’s collection, a community room, staff offices, rest rooms and storage space.
The project also includes additional parking with new lighting, accessible to the…