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Five Forks Library to Undergo Upgrades

The library will be closed to the public during phase one of the renovations.

The of the Gwinnett County Public Library will soon be getting an upgrade. The Gwinnett County approved a $1.06 million construction contract for improvements Tuesday. The planned changes will help control operating costs and improve efficiency.

The needed improvements were first identified in 2007. They include updating the ighting, mechanical equipment, temperature control and lowering overall energy use. The library will also get new carpet, finishes and a fresh coat of paint.

Renovations are expected to take seven months to complete. They will take place in two phases beginning in the early winter. During phase one, the library will be closed to the public. Patrons will still be able to checkout some books though. Library staff will provide curbside checkout items reserved online or through . More library services will be available to residents during phase two, once the new front section is complete. Trailers provided by Gwinnett County Public Schools will also house some of the library's services.

“Our ultimate goal is to enrich the library experience with greater flexibility, customer comfort, ease of use, an expanded children’s area and better use of outside space. The new layout will enable more efficient workflow and building monitoring with an updated staff area that includes an automated materials handling system,” said Capital Projects Director Ron Hovell in a release.

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