Monday, June 12, 2017

Quince Orchard Library Refresh: Progress to Date

Interior of Quince Orchard library before renovation preparation begins
QO before renovation preparations.
The refresh of the Quince Orchard branch is well underway.  All of the furniture which will be replaced and the old service desks have been removed.  Carpeting throughout the library has been torn up and will be replaced with new carpeting.

In the library’s meeting room, manual blinds will be replaced with motorized versions and a new motorized room divider will be installed where the current manual divider exists.

Most of the collection will remain in the branch, but is wrapped in plastic to protect it from dust.

Trenching is being done in the exposed concrete floors so that new cabling and electrical wiring can be installed to run the relocated computer workstations, the new adjustable height service desks, and other enhancements.

Interior of Quince Orchard Library after renovation preparation begins, such as plastic covering on bookshelves.
The preparation begins!
In addition to the above, other changes that are underway (or will be soon) include the complete gutting and renovation of the public restrooms, the addition of more electrical outlets where new seating will be located, and the installation of new tile flooring in the meeting room and the Discovery Room.

New lounge furniture has been ordered for the area at the front of the building where the information desk was previously located.  A new ATW (Assistive Technology Workstation) will replace the ADA workstation.

So, when the Quince Orchard branch reopens in the fall, we anticipate welcoming our customers back to a bright, clean facility with many improvements to the branch and its ease of use.

Slide show of the pre-refresh interior of Quince Orchard


  1. If the meeting rooms were carpeted instead of tile they would be much more comfortable and quieter.

    1. Thank you for your suggestion, Mr. Metcalf. Libraries have now opened our meeting rooms to groups and organizations who can have food and drink (not cooked dinners but sandwiches and finger foods). Because of that option for how the rooms are used that we now offer, we are using tile to make it easier for cleaning. This is important because the Department of General Services, who maintains our buildings, does not provide vacuuming service every day. The cleaning that is provided does include regular mopping of non carpeted surfaces.

      Thank you for being a MCPL customer and we hope you have a good day!