RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Branch Library closed its doors Dec. 15 to begin work on a renovation project that involves the removal of all its books from the shelves. Once the books are in storage, the interior of the library will be completely repainted, including all shelves, crown moldings and interior shutters.
“It’s been 20 years, at least, since the last complete paint job,” Caryl Andrews, branch manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Library, said. “It’s long overdue.”
The library will be closed until Jan. 31. The branch will officially reopen to the public Feb. 2. To celebrate the completed work, an Open House and Customer Appreciation Day is scheduled for Feb. 27.
During the renovation, a temporary library will function in a limited capacity. Below the library, near the Bookseller, is the Rancho Santa Fe Guild Office. Daily newspapers and financial reports will be able for perusal and there will be some loan out of books. Patrons can request a book and there will be two to three deliveries per week.
“There will also be a small browsing collection available,” Andrews said, but space is limited due to the size of the Guild Office.
In addition to the interior painting, a Youth Services Department is being remodeled as well. “The Youth Department will have all new furnishings,” Andrews said. The new area will offer seating for teens and young adults, complete with loveseats, chairs, and ottomans.
The renovation project was originally slated for last August but was postponed until the December date due to scheduling conflicts. To pay for the project, the Rancho Santa Fe Library applied for and received grant monies, in addition to the funds it received from the County Library Guild.
At this time no exterior work is scheduled, although in recent months there was some electrical work completed and new rain gutters were installed.
“It’s a long period to be closed, but we’re happy to still be able to function in the community,” Andrews said. “Well, in a limited way,” she added.