Miners Hospital is a book lover's delight, again.
The historic building that once was the location of Park City's library will serve a similar role for the next 12 to 15 months as the Park City Library and Education Center undergoes an extensive renovation across Park Avenue.
Library officials and Park City leaders on Tuesday evening celebrated the opening of the temporary library quarters at Miners Hospital with cakes decorated in library motifs, balloons and tours. Parkites perused the selection of books, spent time at the computer terminals and talked to the staffers about the space.
The stacks take up some of the space while elsewhere there are books and periodicals on display. The checkout desk is close to the main entrance to the building.
"It's wonderful. It's very historic, and the community has been embracing it," Adriane Herrick Juarez, the library director, said.
Miners Hospital last served as a library in the early 1990s. Longtime Parkites recall that time, but the people who moved to Park City during the boom time of the 1990s and later more likely associate Miners Hospital with the occasional community function or the backdrop of photos. Herrick Juarez said she has heard stories of the time when Miners Hospital was the city's library.
Approximately 45 percent of the library's collection was brought to Miners Hospital. The selections include children's books, fiction titles and nonfiction works. Compact discs and DVDs are also available at Miners Hospital.
Children's books are in the basement. Children's story time will be held in the basement as well. There are also children's computer terminals on that level.
Fiction and nonfiction selections are on the second floor while the third floor offers nonfiction books.
The first floor -- the main floor of the building -- houses the circulation desk, public computer terminals, DVDs and large-print books.
"It is functional. We're settling in well," Herrick Juarez said, adding, "We really made the most of the space. We have very tall bookcases in there."
The library's administrative offices are located in a nearby City Hall-owned house on Park Avenue next to the building that once was a fire station.
The library is storing other books at the Marsac Building, where shelves line some of the hallways, and in the former fire station on Park Avenue. Someone may check out a book at the Marsac Building, but library staffers want them to be returned to Miners Hospital for processing.
It will take between 24 and 48 hours for the library to fill a request to check out a book that is stored at the former fire station. Someone at Miners Hospital requesting to check out a book that is at the Marsac Building will also need to wait between 24 and 48 hours to receive the book.
A 24-hour book drop for returns is located on the south side of Miners Hospital.
The Tuesday event appeared to draw a crowd of library fans, including some members of the Friends of the Library advocacy group, and a few passersby. Mayor Jack Thomas and at least one member of the Park City Council were at the event. City Manager Diane Foster also was in attendance.
The renovation of the Library and Education Center will be an ambitious redo of the historic building. It once was a school before it was turned into the library. City Hall anticipates the renovation and associated costs, like hiring a firm that specializes in moving library collections, will cost $9.3 million.
The work is intended to create a 21st century library. There will also be environmental and structural upgrades to the building. Major work is expected to start in June, once a contract with a construction firm is finalized. Upgrades to the Santy Auditorium are anticipated to be completed by the time the Sundance Film Festival starts in January, when the auditorium is a festival screening room.
Miners Hospital is expected to be busier than at any point since it was temporarily turned into municipal office space while the Marsac Building was closed for a renovation in 2008 and 2009. At the event on Tuesday, some people were seen using the resources there already.
"We tried to make a mini-library here of everything we had," Herrick Juarez said.
Hours at Miners Hospital are the same as they were at the Library and Education Center: Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. More information about the Miners Hospital location and the renovation of the Library and Education Center is available on the library's website, www.parkcitylibrary.org.