Building Project Update
Plans of the remodel and expansion were approved by the White Bear Lake Planning Committee on May 19 and approved by the City Council at their meeting on May 27. On May 21, the Library Board approved the Phase I design and project timeline.
The Feasibility Study for the library in White Bear Lake recommended the purchase of the property adjacent to the library when it became available. The Library is currently in negotiations with the property owners immediately to the east. The acquisition of that property allows reconfigured access to the parking lot which will improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety while increasing parking capacity.
The Friends will hold a used book and furniture sale in conjunction with Manitou Days. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the White Bear Lake Library Capital Campaign.
White Bear Lake Remodel: Your Questions Answered
When will the library in White Bear Lake close?
The library will close at the end of regular business hours on June 5, 2014. The bookdrop will remain open for one week after the library closes.
When will the remodeled library open?
The remodeled and expanded library is expected to open in February 2015.
Where should I return my books when the Library is closed?
After June 12, 2014, the bookdrop at the library in White Bear Lake will be closed. You can return your materials to any Twin Cities public library. The closest libraries are in Forest Lake, Mahtomedi, Maplewood and Shoreview.
Where can I pick up my requests?
You can designate any Ramsey County Library as a request pick-up location when the library in White Bear Lake is closed. Please ask a librarian to make this change. All non-designated requests will be sent to the library in Maplewood.
What will happen to storytimes?
Beginning July 11, the White Bear Lake Children’s Librarian will continue storytimes on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at Pioneer Manor, a City-owned senior housing facility located at 2225 6th Street.
What about other events?
History programs, co-sponsored by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, will be moved to the White Bear Lake City Council Chambers.
Mystery Book Club will meet in City Hall’s second floor conference room.
Go to the Events & Classes tab for the most up-to-date program information.
Extended Hours for Shoreview:
The library in Shoreview will be open additional hours starting July 1, 2014.
Mon - Thu 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun 12 to 5 p.m.
Thank you to the many patrons and community members who joined us at the community meeting on March 18 to review preliminary designs for the remodel and expansion of the library in White Bear Lake. The discussion was lively and informative.
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Benefits of this project:
- Total Area Increased to 16,500 SF
- New Expandable Community Program Room
- Expanded Children’s Area Featuring a Pre-literacy Play Area and Increased Study and Lounge Space
- Expanded Teen Area with Increased Seating
- Increase Computer Workstations by 1/3
- Added Small Group Study rooms
- Improved Overall Lighting, Visibility and Access
- Fire Protection
- Accessible and Family Toilet Rooms
- Improved Energy Efficiency
- New Collections
White Bear Lake Building Project
Ramsey County Library's Facilities Master Plan (2008 – 2018) explains that the library in White Bear Lake is approaching forty years old and does not have the infrastructure or the flexibility necessary to easily reconfigure it to meet the needs of today’s patrons.
White Bear Lake community members participated in a focus group meeting on October 25, 2012, to share their thoughts and ideas about the area, library services and future needs. A link to the document is below.
The Library presented the White Bear Lake and Shoreview project proposals to the Ramsey County Capital Investment Program Advisory Committee (CIPAC) on April 4, 2013. Committee members were supportive.
The Library and County Boards authorized the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) which was released on November 13. Six firms submitted proposals. The evaluation team unanimously recommended the selection of Knutson Construction with Bentz/Thompson/Rietow Architects as the design/build team.
Ramsey County will be piloting the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) energy standards process in this project. The goal of this pilot project will be to set specific performance targets (energy standards) for the renovated building, and to evaluate this process for possible adoption by the County on future projects.
Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries are working with community leaders to raise private funds for the amenities that will help the Library more effectively meet the needs of people of all ages. A capital campaign committee has been formed and will be chaired by Jim Berry.
Watch for a project timeline and information about the capital campaign coming soon.