Phase One: Adult Services Renovation

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Update on the Birkerts Addition:

  • The space continues to be closed off to the public.
  • Two bands of limestone were removed along the curved portion of the Birkerts addition. Glass windows will be installed beginning February 13.
  • Ceiling framing is nearly complete. The new higher ceiling features several coffers throughout the space.
  • Installation of the new electrical system began at the end of January. The wing will be well-lit and the space will have many seating areas to study and charge devices.
  • The ceiling in the front entrance has been removed and will be framed and finished along with the Adult Services area.
  • The north wall of the book return sorting room has been removed. The ceiling will be raised in line with the rest of the space and a glass wall will be added to make the book sorter more visible to visitors.
  • Restoration of the exterior brick on the original building is nearly complete.
  • Public computers are temporarily located in the lower level Computer Lab.


Update on the new computer lab and makerspace:

  • A temporary wall has been constructed around the space, which is located across from the Circulation Desk. Library patrons decorated our temporary Construction Collection in January with favorite or imagined book titles.
  • The original windows and ceilings in the new space have been exposed and the plaster walls and ceilings have been repaired.


The project is running on time and the anticipated end date is May 2017. We apologize for the dust, noise, and other inconveniences.

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 is began on October 17, 2016 and will be completed in early 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