Dakota County is renovating Galaxie Library in Apple Valley. The library, which opened in 1990, has had several small renovations but has not had a full remodel since it opened.
The Galaxie Library is now closed. An interim library is open in the Western Service Center. You can access the temporary library through the main Western Service Center doors. The library is on the left (south) side of the atrium.
Services available in the interim library include:
- Holds and returns
- Law Library
- A small collection of popular titles will be available for adults
- Printer and copier
- Chromebooks may be checked out for use in the atrium
Interim Library Plan
The drive-up book drop is closed. Books may be returned in the external book drop container in the front of the service center. It is located by the drop off lane.
Construction is expected to last through summer 2018. The remodeled library will open around Labor Day. The large meeting room will open a few weeks later.
The parking lot next to the library is partially fenced off. Please be alert to temporary changes to the drive lanes and construction traffic. Do not park in the blocked areas and temporary drive lanes.
Step 1: Needs assessment (Completed)
A needs assessment was completed and reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee on Aug. 18, 2016 and approved by the County Board of Commissioners on Sept. 20, 2016.
Information from the public survey, a staff survey as well as assessments of the building were all taken into account in the needs assessment. Thank you for your input. See the Survey Summary.
In the needs assessment, several options were developed and Option E was selected by the Board as the preferred option to move forward with in the Design Phase.
Galaxie Presentation to Board
Galaxie Needs Assessment Report
Existing Floor Plan
Draft Floor Plan - Option E
Draft Site Plan
Step 2: Design (Completed)
The design is complete. Our consultant, Bentz Thompson Rietow was selected to lead the design team.
This phase resulted in a developed floor plan and 3-D renderings of what the design will look like. This phase will also develop the plans for the temporary library space which will be used during construction.
Design Development Floor Plan
Step 3: Construction (underway: January–September 2018)
The library renovation will be done in three phases. First, the interim library will be set up in the vending bay on the south side of the atrium and the conference room directly behind it (CR 108). Next, the construction will occur in the main library, and finally the interim library will be closed and the large meeting room construction will be completed.
The drive-up book drop will be closed when construction begins because it will be relocated during the construction. Staff will collect returns from the external box drop near the existing book drop and in the new temporary Library. An additional freestanding external book drop will be placed near the Western Service Center entry.
Construction is expected to last about nine months. The library construction will begin in February and extend through August. The library is expected to re-open around Labor Day. The new large meeting room a few weeks later. As with all construction, schedules may change and should be considered approximate.
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For more information, contact Joe Lexa, Senior Project Manager by email at email@example.com.