Phase Three: North Lobby

Description of Project

The North Lobby project is part of the Library’s ongoing initiative to provide expanded access to services, programs, and collections to ALL individuals in the chartered-to-serve area. The proposed improvements represent upgrades to areas that have not been significantly renovated in 30-50 years.

Phase Three work includes:

  • A new fire alarm system
  • New lighting in the historic areas of the building
  • New study/office/meeting spaces for patrons
  • Asbestos abatement in the 2nd Chapter Room
  • New furnishings & fixtures
  • Cleaning/restoration of the marble portraits in the North Lobby

Phase Three work in the Walter M. Lowe Reading Room includes new lighting fixtures to increase lighting levels for the visually impaired, and for general comfort. Fixtures will include energy-efficient LED lighting technology, control systems, and occupancy sensors. Ceiling fixtures will also be supplemented with perimeter wall stack-mounted browsing fixtures, matching the historic context of the space.

Further, updates to lighting, finishes, and furnishings will provide a comfortable experience for library visitors. Library users will experience increased satisfaction and, in turn, create increased usage of the Library as their requests for meeting space, access to new technologies, and other functional improvements are achieved to fulfill the Library’s mission.

The timing of the North Lobby Project couldn’t be any better, as Seymour Library will be celebrating its 120th year in service at its current location!