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What’s up with the renovation?

Even though you don’t see any shovels in the ground or construction dumpsters set up yet, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes in preparation for the upcoming renovation and expansion. Architects are busy in the “Design Development” phase, the period in which they move from conceptual drawings to detailed plans. Meanwhile, in conjunction with the City, we are planning for our upcoming move into our temporary space – the former Borders building at 700 New Hampshire Street.  

Here’s what we know right now:

  • The City of Lawrence has signed a letter of intent to sign a lease for the 700 New Hampshire St. building. The lease is set to start October 1.
  • We estimate moving into the 700 New Hampshire St. location in January. The amount of time we will be closed to accomplish this is undetermined, but we intend for it to be as short as possible.
  • We anticipate re-opening in January at 700 New Hampshire, with approximately half of our collections.
  • We will move the other half into storage, but they will be easily retrievable by staff.

Check out the latest project drawings here.


  1. Mary Mortensen says:

    After visiting the Friends of the Library book sale on Friday, I started wondering whether there is a place in the expanded library for the sale. Or will there be a permanent location for ongoing used book sales, as in the Topeka library? I think the latter would be great. I really enjoyed browsing the shop in Topeka when I visited that library.

    • Susan says:

      Hi Mary,

      The plans for the new building do not include a book shop like Topeka. The Friends will continue to have their legendary sales, and they will still be in the tent, but the tent will go up on the public plaza, between the parking deck and the library building. This will be a great public space for everything from Friends Sales to outdoor movies and concerts. Thanks for your question and for supporting the Friends!

      -Susan Brown, Marketing Director

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