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Room to Grow at the Library

The Room to Grow project is Bethlehem Area Public Library’s capital campaign to modernize and expand family facilities at both Main Library and the South Side Branch. To date, over 1,200 individuals, businesses, community foundations and other strategic partners, have contributed funds to this first comprehensive buildings renovation in 45 years! The project was divided into measured phases, with the first two now complete.

Phase 1 – completed at the Main Library in 2011 – added a new roof, second ADA compliant elevator, community meeting room, and relocated staff office space.

A transformative Phase 2 renovation of our historic South Side Branch – with “green” technology, structural upgrades, an improved floor plan with new children’s area, and tech friendly furniture – was finished in early 2013.

Phase 3 construction of the Frances L Barnard Children’s Center, on the second floor of the Main Library, began in August 2015 and will be completed in early 2016. The innovation and design will inspire creativity and imagination for generations to come!

Take a look at the architect's floor plan

Construction for Phase 1 and Phase 3 of the Room to Grow Project was supported in part through two grants from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education, with funds provided from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. All other funds came from the generous support of individual donors, businesses, and private foundations.

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