The dream of a modern library in South Jefferson County is about to become a reality. Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is planning a major remodel of the Columbine Library, located at 7706 W. Bowles Ave. in Littleton. As a result, the Columbine Library will be closed for construction from Sunday, April 9, through late September, 2017.
JCPL plans an extensive update of the library to create a more welcoming and efficient space and respond to expressed community needs. Major changes include:
- Moving the entrance to the east side of the Library to improve access;
- Creating a drive-up book drop;
- Moving and enclosing the Children’s Area to reduce noise in the Library;
- Updating the Teen Area;
- Opening up the meeting room to allow for more efficient use of space;
- Creating a Maker Space, where patrons can interact with emerging technologies and other equipment;
- Expanding comfortable seating to promote community interactions; and
- Taking maximum advantage of the view of Johnson Reservoir.
“We’ve spent a lot of time listening to the community to understand the amenities they’d like to see,” said Pam Nissler, executive director, Jefferson County Public Library. “We’re excited to see this dream become a reality.”
Beginning Monday, April 10, JCPL is providing alternative library services at a leased space located across the street from the library, at 8055 W Bowles Ave. in the Bowles Crossing Shopping Center. Services will be available at the following times:
- Monday 9-5
- Tuesday, Wednesday 9-7
- Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-5
- Sunday 12-5
Patrons can access many of the Library’s resources and services, including:
- A collection of adult, teen and children’s books and movies;
- Books/materials holds, pick-ups and returns;
- Story Times and Summer Reading programs; and
- Public access computers and copier.
No donated materials will be accepted at the alternative services location.
Limited services are also be available at the Library’s regular South County bookmobile stop at the Ken Caryl Safeway, 12442 W Ken Caryl Ave, on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.
“We’re doing our best to meet the high-priority needs of our patrons while the Columbine Library is under construction,” said Barbara Yeutter Roig, Columbine Library Manager. “By closing the Library, we can complete the remodel quickly and cost-efficiently, and be ready for a grand reopening some time next fall.”
Residents may access updates on the remodel at jeffcolibrary.org/locations/columbine-remodel.