Date: Mar 20th, 2017
Rondo Library on the corner of Dale Street and University Avenue will undergo a $500,000 interior remodel beginning in early June. The library will close during construction from June through early fall. Capital Improvement Bonds, issued in March, will fund the remodel. The ten-year-old space is Saint Paul Public Library’s busiest site, with nearly 365,000 patrons visiting each year.
In January and February, the library solicited on-site input from patrons as to how to improve the space. A larger homework center was at the top of the list. Rondo’s homework center often sees more than 100 students in a night -- far exceeding current capacity. Patrons also asked for more quiet spaces for Rondo’s varied audiences, a dedicated teen space, and a more open floor plan that lets in light and makes it easier to find materials, including books, magazines, music, DVDs, and more.
“Rondo is in clear need of a reboot,” says SPPL Library Director Jane Eastwood. “It’s a beloved and essential space for many Saint Paul residents, and it’s showing signs of wear and tear due to high traffic. We are eager to act on the community’s feedback and create a space that will better meet patrons' needs.”
Because Rondo is busiest during the school year due to its homework help services, SPPL planned the closure for summer. Other SPPL branches, including nearby Hamline-Midway and Rice Street, will assume some Rondo programming, and the SPPL Bookmobile will increase service in the Summit-University and Thomas-Dale neighborhoods. The library will also partner with community organizations to maintain some of its regular services within the area. Details will be published on the library’s website, sppl.org/rondo, as they become available.
A construction firm has not yet been awarded the remodel. Interested parties may attend CERT Certification Workshops on March 22 and April 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Rondo Library, to learn how to bid on this and other City of Saint Paul projects.
Further information, including an official closing date for construction, will be released in the coming weeks. Visit sppl.org/rondo throughout the process for updates.