GALVESTON — The southernmost branch of the Cass County-Logansport Public Library is getting ready to tell a more modern story.
A project that’s been in the planning stages for the last seven years is slated to be carried out this spring and summer to renovate the nearly century-old Galveston building into a modern library. It’s an undertaking staff and patrons say is necessary to preserve an essential service to the community.
Little structural work will be done on the library, located on the east side of the same building as Galveston Town Hall. Instead, it will mainly consist of interior renovations. The center wall separating the library’s two rooms will be knocked out, creating a continuous flow between what will become its several sections.
“I want a better library environment for everyone who’s been waiting patiently for years and years,” said David Ivey, director of the library. “We’re trying to really make it a place they want to come to. It should be a completely different experience, although still a small building.”
Patrons will enter through new glass facade. It will have a meeting room that can hold 18 to 20 people and a small study room. There will be at least eight computers and improved Internet service. New furniture will be situated throughout.
“I want to be able to open it up a little bit and make it more comfortable to sit,” Ivey said.
The restroom will be completely redone. The windows on the second floor of the building, though not the library’s, will be replaced through the project as well.
The library houses about 10,000 books and between 5,000 and 6,000 DVDs. Ivey said shelf space will likely slightly shrink as a result of the renovations, leading to the removal of 1,000 to 2,000 of the library’s least checked-out books.