Work at Williams

November 20, 2023

The staff has been hard at work unloading the portions of the building that will undergo large renovations and have removed items from the building that can’t be easily moved as the work happens.

October 31, 2023

Williams Library is set to close this Friday, November 3, at 6 p.m. until the renovations are complete. Below is a rendering that shows the position of the new entrance (what is now the “back” of the library where the book drop is located) as well as what that entrance will look like from the outside.

September 27, 2023

We have spent a lot of time talking about the renovations at Main Library but that’s not the only branch getting a makeover this year. Sue Cowan Williams Library is also set to undergo improvements this fall. While plans are still in progress, the library will close to the public on November 3, and remain closed for approximately four to six months. It’s important to note that this coincides with Main’s closure, so we encourage any Williams patrons who need assistance during that period to reach out to “Mini Main” in the Roberts Library or Children’s Library as those are the two closest branches.

Now, onto the exciting part – the renovations at the Sue Cowan Williams Library will be comprehensive, though not as extensive as those at the Main. CALS will be adding a demonstration kitchen for the community, adding a new dedicated teen area, and updating the public restrooms. The interior will get an upgrade, including new flooring and a fresh coat of paint, and the staff office space will be expanded (with a mezzanine). However, the biggest change is the relocation of the main entrance to the west side of the building facing Dunbar Middle School.

The LRSD has agreed to accommodate our work with students in the neighborhood by giving us rent-free use of three empty classrooms at Dunbar Middle School where we will be able to continue offering after-school programs. This space will be available only on days when school is in session. Hours are 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Fridays.

We will continue to update the public, specifically those who use Williams as their home branch, as details become available.