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Algonquin library closing Thursday, Friday as 1st phase of expansion wraps up

The Algonquin Area Public Library District broke ground on its $6.7 million expansion and renovation project Aug. 7. The Harnish Main Library will be closed Thursday and Friday as the first phase of the project wraps up.
The Algonquin Area Public Library District broke ground on its $6.7 million expansion and renovation project Aug. 7. The Harnish Main Library will be closed Thursday and Friday as the first phase of the project wraps up.

ALGONQUIN – The Harnish Main Library will be closed Thursday and Friday as the library enters the second phase of its construction and renovation project.

The 8,000-square-foot addition is complete, and the library will use the next two days to shift materials and finish public spaces in the addition, according to a news release from the library.

The Eastgate Branch library will be open Thursday and Friday with limited services.

“This closure period is necessary for the safety of both our patrons and staff, as the volume of items being shifted will occupy our normal traffic areas, including the elevators,” Executive Director Sara Murray said in the release. “We regret any inconvenience to our patrons and visitors, but look forward to sharing our new spaces with the public when we open for regular hours on Saturday, Feb. 24.”

The new wing will add a creation zone for children and a new homework center to the lower level, as well as a quiet periodical reading room to the upper level. The expansion also will add six new group study rooms on both the upper and lower levels, bringing the total to eight, according to previous Northwest Herald reporting.

The majority of the library’s collection of books, DVDs and CDs also will be moved into the new wing in order to free up space to complete some of the renovations in the next two phases of the project, including the planned children’s play area and picture book section.

The second phase, which will take place between February and May, consists of adding a teenager area, a computer lab and a makerspace for personal projects.

There will no internet or phone service Thursday, and services might be reinstated Friday. With their library cards or library card numbers, patrons will be able to check out materials at Eastgate through the library’s offline system, and materials will be accepted for check-in.

Materials can be returned through the drive-up return at Harnish Main Library.

All cardholders will be able to visit www.aapld.org to place holds, pay finds, browse the library catalog and more.

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