Marco library closure clears the way for construction

Interior improvements for $1.4 million Rose Hall library expansion to cause a temporary closure

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  • Marco branch to close for September
  • Construction will continue through January
  • Marco book drop to remain open, nearest locations are East Naples and South Regional
A rendering of Rose Hall by BSSW Architects of Naples. Rose Hall is a $1.4 million, 4,000-square-foot addition to the Marco Branch Library, located on South Heathwood Drive, provided for by donations from Islander Bill Rose, Friends of the Marco Library and a contribution by the City of Marco Island.

Submitted / BSSW Architects

A rendering of Rose Hall by BSSW Architects of Naples. Rose Hall is a $1.4 million, 4,000-square-foot addition to the Marco Branch Library, located on South Heathwood Drive, provided for by donations from Islander Bill Rose, Friends of the Marco Library and a contribution by the City of Marco Island.

— Marco’s library is to temporary “check out” in September for interior improvements as part of the construction of the new $1.4 million Rose Hall addition.

Boran, Craig, Barber and Engel Construction broke ground on the new addition in April and work is expected to be complete in January 2010.

Collier County Public Library will temporarily close Marco’s library on South Heathwood Drive from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, spokeswoman Camden Smith announced Friday.

This time frame could be shortened or extended to accommodate any construction issues, she added.

The book drop will remain open throughout September and patrons looking to check out materials are encouraged to use either the South Regional Library or East Naples Library in the interim.

Employees of the Marco branch said they may choose to either take a vacation or work at one of the other libraries in the county during this construction.

A contractor will perform work on the interior to upgrade the Marco Island Branch Library ductwork and other necessary items, such as the addition of fire sprinklers, more foam insulation, and the replacement of ceiling tiles. With the addition of a new library building on the site, the existing building must also be brought up-to-code to include fire sprinklers, Smith said.

Rose Hall adds about 4,000 square feet of meeting room space to the branch. The project received a major donation in 2005 from local Marco residents Bill and Myrtle Rose. The City of Marco has contributed $200,000 to the project and additional funds were raised by the Marco Island Friends of the Library, Smith added.

The 4,0000-square-foot Rose Hall addition, designed by BSSW Architects, which has an office in Naples, will open to the existing branch library with two adjoining doors. An additional door between the children’s room and Rose Hall will enable children’s programs to use the new space, Smith said. During the closure period, these new doors will be installed to eliminate the need to close the library a second time, she added.

If you check out a book, DVD or other item, those items will be due back according to the regular schedule, per Friday’s prepared release by Smith. The Marco Island Branch Library book drop will remain open, she added. If customers have reserved a book, library staff will call customers to pick up the reservation at the nearest available location.

Among the nearest branch to Marco’s library is the new South Regional Branch Library, which first opened in May and is located at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, off Collier Boulevard. South Regional is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

The other nearest branch to Marco is the East Naples library, 8787 Tamiami Trail East, which is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and closed Friday through Sunday.

“We apologize for the inconvenience, but anticipate everyone will be delighted with the new addition,” Smith said.

For more information, call South Regional Library at 252-7542 or visit the Collier County Public Library’s Web site colliergov.net/library.

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