Phase One: Adult Services Renovation

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The renovation of Birkerts Addition, which continues to be closed off to the public, is nearly complete:

  • Lighting has been installed throughout the space and the original building and stacks are now brightly lit.
  • The space has been carpeted and painted and wooden ceiling panels have been installed.
  • The book sorter room has a new glass wall that will make this popular room visible from inside the building. On May 5, the book sorter was turned on and it is now instantly processing returns.
  • The new computer lab and makerspace are nearly complete. The technology and equipment in both rooms will be updated in June. The spaces now have freshly painted walls, new carpeting, glass walls and doors, and a new ventilation unit. Public computers are temporarily located in this room while we await the end of the construction project.
  • Carpet installation in the Adult Services area, front entrance, and Circulation area was completed on May 10.
  • The new Claudia E. Ireland Room has been created. The room now has carpet, paint and lighting. The trim and built-in shelving will be added at the end of May.
  • The original window in the Harry Allen Room has been exposed. Movers have returned the historical books and documents to this room and it is now open to the public. The Birmingham map that previously covered the window will be placed in the hallway connecting the Adult Services area with the Circulation Area.

The Library will remain open during normal hours throughout the duration of the project.

  • Lower level and second floor meeting rooms are accessible for programs and available to rent.
  • Public computers, printing, and copying are available.
  • Grand Hall and Youth Room are open for use.
  • Online databases and e-materials are remain available 24/7.
  • Some materials from the Library’s adult non-fiction, DVD, audiobook, music, and teen collections have been moved into storage, although the highest-demand items are now available in the Grand Hall.
  • If you’re unable to locate an item you need, a librarian can arrange for you to obtain it through interlibrary loan.


The project began on October 17, 2016 and will be completed in May 2017. The Adult Services wing of the Library will be unavailable throughout the renovation. The Dailey Company will be handling the construction portion of the project and Library Design Associates will be handling interior furnishings and fixtures of the project.


  • Strengthen Birmingham's civic center
  • Increase value that library delivers to residents, businesses and visitors of all ages
  • Respond to public input gathered through various forums
  • Ensure Birmingham remains competitive against other communities who have invested heavily in their communities

Functional & Aesthetic Improvements

  • Efficiency of building
  • Infrastructure update
  • Circulation and wayfinding
  • Access for families
  • Increase study & collaboration spaces
  • Respect integrity of 1980 Birkerts Addition }Honor and elevate beautiful historic 1927 building
  • Bring in more light to create an inviting atmosphere }Improve acoustics


The Baldwin Public Library Board of Directors and staff have been working with architects at Luckenbach|Ziegelman|Gardner  and library consultant Aaron Cohen to create a proposal to update the Adult Services area at the Library. Library Director Doug Koschik and architects John Gardner and Karen Swanson presented the Library's Adult Services Renovation Plan to the Birmingham City Commission on October 12, 2015. Community members are invited to view the televisted meeting, written report, and presentation slides online. 

At its October 12 meeting, the City Commission unanimously moved to approve the conceptual plans developed by LZG for the proposed Adult Services renovation and to initiate an RFP for construction drawings. The Library will pay for the construction drawings.

In December, the Library issued a Request for Proposal to collect bids for the design development, construction drawings, bidding, and construction administration. On January 14, the Library Board unanimously voted to accept the proposal of Luckenbach|Ziegelman|Gardner for their architectural services for the proposed renovation.

On January 25, the City Commission unanimously approved the agreement with Luckenbach Ziegelman Gardner. Read Library Director Doug Koschik's full report to the Commission.

On May 9, the City Commission unanimously approved funding for phase one of the project.

Proposed Three-Phase Building Plan

Library Director Doug Koschik shared the Library's proposed three-phase building plan at the City of Birmingham's Long-Range Planning Session on January 16. Read more about how Baldwin proposes to meet the needs of its users through renovations and a modest addition.

View Presentation Slides

Director's Report