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Baldwin Public Library: Three Phase Renovation Plan

Based on feedback from Library patrons, staff, and community members, the Baldwin Public Library has developed a long-term vision of the Library building. The building should be a well-designed, forward-looking, technologically advanced, and visually exciting space in which to carry out innovative library services in the 21st century.

The Vision includes the following three phases:

    (Completed in May 2017)
    (Completed in September 2020)
    (Beginning July 2023)  

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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

Monday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Holiday Closures

June 19: Juneteenth

July 4: Independence Day

Phase Three: Front Entrance, Lobby, and Circulation Area

The Baldwin Public Library, which serves the communities of Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, and Bloomfield Hills, will begin an expansion and renovation starting in July 2023. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2024. The cost of the project is estimated to be $4 million and will be paid for using the library’s voter-approved millage and donations to the library’s Trust.

View an informational handout about the project.

View the project budget. 

What will the renovation achieve?

  • Expansion of the Front Entrance by 2,000 square feet
  • Accessible, street-level entrance with interior ramp and passenger elevator
  • Renovation of 3,000 square feet of interior space
  • Energy-efficient, glare-reducing glass from floor to ceiling
  • New furniture, flooring, and lighting
  • New café and collaboration space with vending machines
  • Dedicated sale area for the Friends of the Baldwin Public Library
  • Addition of four new enclosed study rooms
  • Outdoor terrace and gardens to visually connect with Shain Park

What professionals are handling the project?


What impact will the project have on the streets outside the Library?
No streets will be closed during the project. Starting in July, parking spaces and sidewalk on the west side of Bates between Merrill and Martin will be fenced off. Parking spots and the sidewalk on the north side of Merrill will also be fenced off.

How will the work affect Library services?

  • A temporary entrance with an accessible ramp will be set up along Martin Street. All visitors will enter through the Youth Terrace doorway near the corner of Bates and Martin.
  • The library’s streetside dropbox will be relocated to Martin Street. An adjacent parking spot on Martin Street will be reserved for users returning items to the dropbox.
  • The Rotary half of the lower level Rotary & Donor Rooms will be unavailable during the full length of the project while the new elevator and HVAC system is installed.
  • The library’s automated return system will be unavailable and out of service until the new entrance reopens in spring 2024.
  • Curbside pickup will still be available. The pickup spot will be located on Chester Street at the library’s loading dock.


Phase Three: Planning and Design History

In 2021, in preparation for Phase 3 of its long-range building vision, the Baldwin Public Library issued an RFP for the conceptual/schematic design of the Front Entrance and Circulation Area. Merritt Cieslak Design was selected to complete the work. The current entrance is not accessible and the goal of the project is to create a welcoming, street-level entrance that can be used and enjoyed by all Library patrons.

Phase Three: Process

In August and September, the Library conducted a variety of Outreach initiatives to gather feedback on the project. These initiatives included a public survey, community forum, and meeting with Library staff. Read the full Outreach Initiatives report. The first part of the design process included the following meetings and public presentations.

In March 2022, we issued an RFP for the design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration for the Phase 3 project. Merritt Cieslak Design was selected to complete the work.

You can follow along with the project by reading the minutes and viewing the drawings and diagrams from past planning workshops below. The Library Board will provide an update on the project during their regular monthly meetings.

In November 2022, we issued an RFP for construction management services for the Phase 3 project. PCI Dailey was selected to complete the work.


Phase Two: Youth Room Expansion & Renovation

In 2017, in preparation for Phase 2 of its long-range building vision, the Baldwin Public Library issued an RFP for the conceptual/schematic design of a Youth Room expansion and renovation. Luckenbach Ziegelman Gardner (architects) and Karen Swanson (interior designer) were selected to do the work. The Library presented its plans to the Birmingham City Commission in January 2018, and in May 2018 the Commission voted to begin pre-funding the project in fiscal year 2018-19. The City issued an RFP for the construction of the Youth Room in March 2019 and the City Commission selected The Dailey Company for the construction project. The project construction began on Thursday, August 15, 2019 and was completed in September 2020. The project cost came in just under the budgeted amount of $2.7 million.

Expansion and Renovation Goals

    • ENHANCE Baldwin’s ability to serve the children of our community by providing developmentally appropriate learning spaces for children from birth to sixth grade
    • SATISFY needs and requests shared by parents, caregivers, children, and staff that have been collected through a variety of forums
    • INCREASE value that the Library delivers to residents, businesses, and visitors of all ages
    • ENSURE Birmingham remains competitive against other communities who have invested heavily in their libraries
    • STRENGTHEN Birmingham’s civic center by providing an exterior that complements the existing building, Shain Park, The Community House, and the city campus

Expansion and Renovation Details

      • 40% expansion, or approximately 2,000 square feet
      • New furniture and carpeting
      • Larger play area, story room, and seating capacity
      • Make the entire area ADA-compliant, including the book shelves and the bathrooms
      • Modernize and increase the capacity of the bathrooms
      • Add display cases and a large aquarium, as well as a separate room for strollers and coats
      • Expose the brick of the original 1927 building
      • Clad the room in heat- and glare-reducing glass from floor to ceiling
      • Add an outdoor children’s terrace and garden

Project professionals


Phase One: Adult Services

Phase One was completed in May 2017, thanks to the following team of talented and dedicated professionals:



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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Closures:

June 19: Juneteenth

July 4: Independence Day

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