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Park City Library readies to turn the page

The Park City Library is ready to turn the page.

The library plans to close its temporary location at Miners Hospital on Sunday as staffers prepare to return to the renovated Park City Library and Education Center. The permanent facility has been closed for a year for a major renovation. Miners Hospital holds some of the library’s collections and functions during the renovation.

Park City officials have published a schedule outlining the closing down of the Miners Hospital space and the reopening of the permanent building, including information about book checkouts and returns.

Some of the details include:

  • books may be checked out at the Miners Hospital location until Saturday, May 9
  • the return date for books checked out by May 9 is June 22, which is an extended period from a typical checkout. No fines will be charged during the extension period.
  • books can be returned at the drop-off location at the Marsac Building in the time between the Miners Hospital location closing and the Library and Education Center reopening. There is also a drive-up book drop for returns outside Miners Hospital.
  • computer and Internet stations will temporarily be at the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center
  • the Baby and Me program and the preschool storytime will be temporarily moved to the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center. The Baby and Me program is scheduled on Tuesdays starting at 10 a.m. The preschool storytime starts at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.

    The schedule published by City Hall indicates Parkites may use the Summit County Library location at Kimball Junction as well.

    The schedule indicates library staffers "also will be helping with the placement and stacking of the new shelving system, furniture and setting up a host of new technologies."

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    The renovation of the Park City Library and Education Center is in its final weeks. The project, expected to cost a little more than $9.6 million, will turn the facility into a 21st century library. There will be numerous technological upgrades, more space for the collection and a small expansion along the northwest corner of the building.

    The renovated building is expected to reopen with a celebration on June 13. The event will involve a so-called book brigade of people passing 127 books along a line as they are returned to the library. The number of books was picked to mark the 127 years of a library in Park City. There will also be movies and other activities, according to the schedule.

    In a prepared statement accompanying the schedule, Jonathan Weidenhamer, City Hall’s economic development director, said there is anticipation as the library nears its reopening.

    "People are looking forward to the new space with an inviting and open layout, new technologies and collections, and first-class amenities such as renovated community meeting rooms, a boutique coffee shop, and indoor/outdoor mezzanine," Weidenhamer said in the statement.