On January 7, 2014 there was a presentation by the King County Library System administration about construction plans for the Mercer Island Library.
Those plans called for a major renovation of the library, which, by KCLS estimates, would require construction for six months to one year, during which time the library would be closed to the public. If this current plan is implemented, it is estimated that the library would be closed from Summer of 2014 to Spring or Summer of 2015.
MI residents at the meeting were surprised and upset when they saw these proposed plans, which many felt would result in a library with a very cold atmosphere, and which was not in keeping with what the community values in its warm and inviting current library.
When people expressed that they did not think that the current library had major design problems and that they wanted to keep the current character of the library, the KCLS representatives said that they have built or remodeled 30 -40 libraries, and that they would use their experience to create the new MI library. KCLS is planning to have the final plans and specifications done for their proposed plan within the next month.
An emergency meeting attended by more than 30 concerned citizens was held on 1/12/14 to identify action steps to allow meaningful public input on the proposed library plan. This website has been constructed to aid the Mercer Island community in the remodel process.