Demolition of the Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library is underway. Framing from the vaulted ceiling now appears like a skeleton poking out of the roof.
The Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library is one of 16 facilities that have been or will be renovated, rebuilt or replaced as part of the Dayton Metro Library’s Libraries for a Smarter Future Facilities Plan.
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“It’s all coming down because its more cost-effective to start over,” said Jayne Klose, Dayton Metro Library Community Engagement Manager. “Construction will begin in March, weather permitting.”
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The new branch will have 51% more floor space at 20,575 square feet.
Some renovation highlights include:
- Improved access and egress on Wilmington-Pike
- Larger meeting room accessible to the community outside of library operating hours
- Dedicated teen space
- Larger children’s area
- Enclosed quiet reading room with a fireplace
- More computers
- Outdoor reading terrace
- Four group study rooms
The new Wilmington-Stroop Branch Library is expected to open in 2019.