Build Your Winter Library and See What We’re Building

A mom and daughter browse books from the teen collection.

Always dreamed of having your own personal library? Through October 16, you can make that dream a reality (temporarily, at least) by checking out as many books as you’d like to keep all winter. The upshot? You’re
helping your Bozeman Public Library in the process. Here’s why checking out books helps:

To replace the carpeting and build the new community Hub, moving crews must haul all the first-floor adult and teen books to offsite storage. Every book, audiobook, DVD, or other material you check out is one less that needs to be moved and stored. That saves the Library Foundation money, which will in turn be reinvested into programs and services for patrons.

The first-floor adult and teen collections will remain open through October 16 for you to browse and check out books. While the newest books and Most Wanted collection will still be due after 14 days, everything else from those areas can be checked out for a full six months.

Work has already begun on the second floor, so the upstairs collections —adult nonfiction, world languages, and biographies — are not available for browsing. You can place those items on hold, however, for pickup. Please just allow 48 hours for Library staff to enter those areas when construction workers are not actively working to gather the items for you. You can keep all the items you place on hold through October 16 — again, except for the newest items — for a full six months.

Library Renovation: What's Happening in October

Track lighting that will be replaced
Energy-efficient lighting installation begins, which will reduce electricity consumption by 76%.
Second-floor meeting room construction begins.

The closures will extend into January for the second-floor collections and February for the first-floor areas. A pop-up mini library in the large community room will be available for patrons during this phase of construction. The children’s room will be open as usual throughout the renovation.

Next, in spring, work will begin on the new learning labs in the Library atrium as well as additional meeting and lounge space on the second floor. During the second phase, all collections will be accessible to patrons.

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