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Exterior Plans For Main Library's ADA Accessible Project

Library Renovation Project

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Exterior design plans have taken shape for the Main Library’s ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility project that is projected to begin late this summer and be completed by the summer of 2018.

The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County and VEBH Architects have been working to design the library’s 10,000 square-foot addition that will compliment and connect to the 115 year-old building to make it accessible to all.

The Steubenville Historic Landmarks Commission approved the exterior designs of the project as well as a chemical cleaning of the 1902 building to historic standards.  The building exterior is divided into 3 parts, the lower portion being cast stone, the middle utility brick and the top to be a standing seam metal roof. 

 Large windows are located throughout the building to bring in as much natural light as possible to make the interior bright and inviting.

Public entrance to the building will be at street level on Slack Street with an elevator and stairwell to face customers as they enter the building. Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville transferred additional property behind the library along Slack Street so that the new building’s form could be rotated to include a small courtyard.  The Bookmobile’s storage and work area will move to the south end of the addition where new parking space will also be added.  Design for the interior are nearing completion  and will include a meeting room, new computer room, and new children’s area.

Library Director Alan Hall stated that “once completed, the development projects for the library and the Diocese of Steubenville will enhance the south end of downtown Steubenville.”