Phase One: Adult Services Renovation

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The newly renovated area features:

  • Light throughout coming from newly installed windows and energy-efficient LED lights
  • New furniture, carpeting, and paint
  • Quiet group study rooms
  • Ample seating equipped with outlets and USB charging ports
  • Updated public computers
  • A new reading room, the Claudia E. Ireland Room, located just off the Grand Hall
  • Nods to the original 1927 building with exposed brick, tile, and windows



  • 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 and Honor and elevate beautiful historic 1927 building
  • Bring in more light to create an inviting atmosphere and 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.

The project began on October 17, 2016 and was completed on May 31, 2017. The Adult Services wing of the Library was unavailable throughout the renovation. The Dailey Company handled the construction portion of the project and Library Design Associates handled interior furnishings and fixtures of the project.

View Presentation Slides

Director's Report