Main Renovation and Expansion Project

Construction/expansion of the Main Library

Photos Courtesy of Kyle Pastircak

If you’ve visited the Tuscarawas County Public Library System’s Main Library in New Philadelphia, you have noticed significant progress on the renovation and expansion project that began last fall. Library administration says that as the project moves into the next phase, the Main library will be closed in May.

“The first phase of the work, which included construction of the mobile service building and the addition to the Main building will be completed in the next few weeks,” said Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell. “The next phase of the project will involve updating the parking lot and cement work to allow customers to utilize the new services available with the addition, like the drive-up window and book return.”

Parking lot work is set to begin on May 6 and will take approximately four weeks to complete. A direct entrance to the parking lot from North Broadway will be created; a library delivery area will be defined; a new cement sidewalk, entrance, and drop off area will be created; light poles will be added; and curbing, islands, and parking bumpers will be added to assist with traffic flow. Striping to define the parking areas and provide directional guidance for drivers will also be completed. The second library lot will have light poles added and be resurfaced and striped.

Ramsell said the library will have no handicap access while the parking lot work is being completed and will remain closed to the public. Despite the library being closed, Ramsell said this will be a busy time for staff.

“Our staff will use this time to prepare for the continuation of the construction project on the inside of the building,” said Ramsell. “We will be moving into new spaces, moving and storing collections, and vacating spaces for the next phase of construction to continue.”

The Library has partnered with a local church to provide a location for customers in New Philadelphia to return materials. Starting May 6, the Library’s book drops will be set up in the parking lot of Jim’s Place, which is located at 228 West High Ave in New Philadelphia. Customers may return materials in these book drops 24/7; the library will empty them on a regular basis.

While the Main library is closed, customers will continue to receive their holds and be able to place new holds via the library’s website.  As holds arrive, staff will call customers to find out where they would like to pick up their materials. Alternate locations will include:

  • Jim’s Place (front entrance) – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11am-5pm – 228 West High Ave, New Philadelphia
  • Bolivar Branch Library - 455 Water Street W in Bolivar
  • Strasburg Branch Library - 356 5th Street SW in Strasburg
  • Sugarcreek Branch Library – 120 S Broadway in Sugarcreek
  • Tusky Branch Library - 209 South Main Street in Tuscarawas

Ramsell said that the library hopes to have drive-up services at Main available in late May for returns and holds pickup and to re-open the building, with limited access, in early June – just in time for summer reading.

“We will be in the second and third phases of the project during the summer,” said Ramsell. “The upstairs and meeting room will be closed to the public, but our new expanded ground floor lobby will be set up with selections of the latest movies, music, as well as adult and teen books to browse and check out. Our children’s department will be open as usual throughout the summer.”

Ramsell said some programming will be held in the Main library this summer, while other programming will be held off-site at venues around New Philadelphia. The summer issue of Between the Lines will include details.

The County’s Main Library project is expected to be completed in late 2019.  Information about the improvements to the Main Library and hours of operation for the library’s four branches can be found at https://www.tusclibrary.org/content/hours-locations.