Richmond Main Library to close for next two weekends for construction

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The Richmond Main Library will close for two consecutive three-day weekends starting this Friday and Saturday to allow for the construction of new restrooms that comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), officials said.

It is the first of two upcoming construction phases that will have the library meeting or exceeding ADA standards, the city says.

“The closures will allow the city to complete the demolition element of the project, while allowing uninterrupted patron usage during the week,” according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s weekly newsletter.

All fixtures and finishes in the men’s and women’s restrooms, located in the Main Reading Room, will be replaced in order to meet or exceed the latest ADA standards. The restrooms should be completed by Oct. 14, the city says.

During closure days, the Book Drop will be closed and fines will not be assessed.

“We ask that library materials not be left out in front of the library,” officials said.

Future closures are possible. A second phase of the project involves additional ADA improvements, including an upgrade to the accessible path to the Main Reading Room. Van and automobile accessible parking will also be added along with a new ADA ramp leading to the front main entrance, which itself will be made ADA compliant.

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