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The Erie County Public Library, in partnership with Bostwick Design, has created a four phase plan for the renovation of the Blasco Memorial Library. Built in 1996, the Blasco Library is in need of accessibility, technology, and layout updates to meet the needs of today's Erie.

Phases I and II were completed in 2017 and 2019 with the renovation and creation of the Idea Lab, downstairs entryway, and Teen Space. Future phases will address the Children's Library, remaining downstairs areas, lobby, and upstairs.

Please review the phase plan drawings and let us know what you think!

The Erie County Public Library, in partnership with Bostwick Design, has created a four phase plan for the renovation of the Blasco Memorial Library. Built in 1996, the Blasco Library is in need of accessibility, technology, and layout updates to meet the needs of today's Erie. <br><br>Phases I and II were completed in 2017 and 2019 with the renovation and creation of the Idea Lab, downstairs entryway, and Teen Space. Future phases will address the Children's Library, remaining downstairs areas, lobby, and upstairs.<br><br>Please review the phase plan drawings and let us know what you think!

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* 1. The Library is planning to move the non-fiction collection to the second floor and the fiction collection to the first floor.

This will allow the second floor to be the designated 'quiet' floor. The second floor will also include study rooms, meeting spaces, and the Heritage Room. The first floor will also include the Internet Lab, DVD and audiobook collections, Idea Lab, Teen Space, Collaboratories, and Children's Library.

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* 2. Please let us know if you have any comments on the nonfiction/fiction move.

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* 3. The Library is planning to move the Internet Lab to the first floor of the Blasco Library. 

This will further allow the first floor to develop into an active and interactive space. It will help to remove accessibility barriers from the Internet Lab, and it will co-locate the Lab with other technology spaces, such as the Idea Lab.

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* 4. Please let us know if you have any comments on the Internet Lab move

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* 5. The current snack bar/cafe and Bayfront Bookshelf (Friends of the Library bookstore) will be remodeled and improved.

This will allow the snack bar/cafe to offer more refreshment options and for there to be additional seating available in the lobby to meet or eat. The improved bookstore will have more space to offer used books and Erie and book related gifts and souvenirs. 

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* 6. Please let us know if you have any comments about the snack bar/cafe and gift store changes.

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* 7. The Peninsula Room will be reconfigured to provide more flexibility rather than as solely a large table study area.

This will allow the Library to add tables of multiple sizes to accommodate groups as well as individuals. New furniture will be mobile to allow for multiple configurations and a planned removable partition would allow the Peninsula Room to be temporarily closed off to create a private meeting space for community events and meetings, before transforming back to a study and reading area.

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* 8. Please let us know if you have any comments about the Peninsula Room changes.

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* 9. Please provide any additional feedback on the proposed updates and renovations at the Blasco Library.

If you have any questions, please provide your name and email address and we will get back to you.

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