A major renovation project is in its infancy at the Palm Springs Public Library, aimed at ensuring the building, which was first constructed in 1975, is functional and safe for the community.
The library recently received a $6.5 million grant from the California State Library and the City of Palm Springs matches the grant, meaning there is a $13 million budget for the project.
“There’s a lot to do. It’s a huge project,” said Jeannie Kays, director of the Palm Springs Public Library.
The project addresses critical infrastructure needs, which Kays says include upgrades to “air conditioning, plumbing, restrooms” and ADA accessibility that she celebrated as “a really good thing.” .
News Channel 3 visited the library to see firsthand what improvements are to come. The list includes the installation of an indoor sprinkler system, which the library does not currently have, as well as seismic retrofitting.
More robust windows will replace the current ones, and a modern electrical system that follows today’s technology will also be installed.
Parts of the exterior of the library will also be renovated. “If you step outside, you can see that some of the concrete finishes have started to come off,” according to Jeannie Kays, library manager at the Palm Springs Public Library.
Although the grant covers many areas, it does not include some outdoor projects, such as a new parking lot. The money for this venture will have to come from elsewhere.
“We’ll be reaching out to our library partner friends and our library foundation partners to try and do some fundraising,” Kays said.
The library will also need new exterior landscaping, shelving, furniture and computers not covered by the grant.
Library staff will need to put everything away and find a new temporary location during construction, which is due to be completed by 2026.
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