EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) announced today that it will briefly close to the public for two weeks beginning Monday, August 14 to allow for interior renovations.
There will be several updated features throughout the library which include the following:
- The creation of a "makerspace" programming room, complete with audio recording studio
- A new information services desk
- A more convenient circulation desk
- New lounge furniture in the center of the library and outside the group study rooms
- New carpeting throughout the building
“Our building first opened its doors in 1976 and is one of the busiest libraries in the area, said Jennifer Podolsky, Library Director. “This project helps us make several improvements to the library which we can’t wait to share with the public.”
The most noticeable new features will be the creation of a maker space, allowing the library a dedicated area that provides access technology and equipment to the community. The maker space will include an audio recording studio, lendable learning and tech kits, and an additional area for library programming. The renovation project also includes a new circulation counter, information services desk and flooring throughout the building.
“This short-term closure allows us to efficiently make these changes to the building,” Podolsky added. “Our library is the information center of our community, and this project will allow our customers to have a better experience at the library. We thank everyone for their patience and support while we complete this project.”
The library anticipates reopening on Tuesday, August 29. The project is funded by a combination of funds from the library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library. The library is also looking at additional facilities projects, according to Podolsky.
“The East Brunswick Public Library Foundation is hoping to raise additional funding for this and other improvements,” she said. “The role of the modern public library is always evolving, and we would like our library to meet the ever changing needs of our community.”
Although the library will be closed, East Brunswick Public Library customers can continue to receive library services from other area libraries and through the website.
Since the library is a member of the Libraries of Middlesex County Consortium (LMxAC), library cardholders can visit, check out items at and use library resources at 30 other area libraries. Some of the nearby libraries include South River Public Library (55 Appleby Avenue, South River), Spotswood Public Library (528 Main Street, Spotswood), Milltown Public Library (20 West Church Street, Milltown) and Monroe (4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township). A complete list of LMxAC member libraries can be found online at www.lmxac.org.
While closed, the library offers several different digital resources through its website www.ebpl.org. Cardholders can access digital library materials through several different services hoopla digital (provides eBooks, audiobooks, movies, television programs, music and comics), eLibrary NJ (provides eBooks and audiobooks) and RB Digital (magazines). They can also hundreds of different continuing education classes on Universal Class, ranging from finance to genealogy to web development.
The library’s book and media drops are closed during the project, and customers will not be charged any fines at this time. Meeting room requests and Friends of the Library book donations will be suspended during this closure.
For more information on the temporary closure and on the project, visit www.ebpl.org.