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 will close on Jan. 29. An interim library will be opened next door to the closed Galaxie Library in the Western Service Center around the same time.
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
Temporary Library Plan
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–August 2018)
Limited public library and law library services will be provided through the renovation.
The library renovation will be done in three phases to allow use of a temporary library space during construction. First, the temporary 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 temp 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 — and will begin in January in the temporary space. 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 Andrea Weber, Senior Project Manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.