NORTH OGDEN — The hammering, painting and remodeling is finally winding down, and the North Branch library in North Ogden reopens on Saturday.
The doors open at noon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a variety of activities follow from 1-5 p.m. to welcome the public and acquaint them with the revamped facility. It closed in April 2017 to accommodate the work.
“Dramatic architectural changes designed into the renovation include a large skylight that showers natural light onto a new grand stairway that connects the first and second floors,” Lynnda Wangsgard, executive director of the Weber County Library System, said in a statement.
The interior was gutted and has a completely new look and feel, with the lower level, which had served largely as a storage area, converted into public space.
The $6 million upgrade of the facility at 475 E. 2600 North is the fourth and final upgrade across the library system financed by a $45 million bond approved by voters in 2013. Per other improvements, the Main Branch library in Ogden received a $16.8 million overhaul, completed earlier this year, and the Southwest Branch library in Roy was rebuilt at a cost of around $20.5 million, among other things.
Among the activities Saturday will be storytelling, music and tours of the overhauled facility, which serves the area around North Ogden, Pleasant View, Farr West and Plain City.
Here are a few of the highlights of the new facility:
- Public areas now encompass around 24,000 square feet of the complex, double the previous figure.
- The collections geared to adults, teens and kids have been enlarged and enhanced and patrons will be able to access four times as many public computers.
- It contains a new teen center, the biggest in the Weber County system, with cafe-style study booths, tabletop computers, soft seating and space for teen-produced art exhibits.
- Public meeting rooms feature cinema-quality projection equipment, sinks, refrigerators and serving counters for group meetings. There is also a grand piano.
- Larger windows provide “spectacular views” of Ben Lomond peak to the north the wetlands to the south.
- A display case in the stairway linking the two levels reflects “images of the natural world into the lower level.”
- There’s space for a cafe, though library officials are still seeking a vendor to lease it.
“Whether it is a good book, DVD, periodical or other learning material, the new North Branch will have greatly enhanced and expanded collections available,” Wangsgard said.