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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 Closures

May 25-27: Closed


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, began the expansion and renovation 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

Monthly Updates

2024.04.10 Plaza landscaping

2024.03.08 - View of cafe space from vestibule

While construction is underway:

  • A new, accessible ramp has been installed on Martin Street
  • Barricades have been set up along Merrill and Bates Street and no parking is available on the sides of the street closest to the library
  • Please use the new temporary front entrance on Martin Street through the Children’s Garden & Terrace

Phase 3 - Martin entrance and ramp

Interior renovation

  • Our former circulation area has been renovated to add a dedicated Friends of the Baldwin Public Library sale area, four new study rooms to fit 2 people each, and an expanded staff office area
  • Construction on this space ocurred from July 2023 to October 2023.

Where can I find…?

  • The checkout desk – Inside the Youth Room terrace door
  • Held Items – In the Grand Hall on the wall outside the Claudia Ireland Room
    Phase 3 - Holds
  • Hot Picks – On the shelving next to the Adult Services Desk
    Phase 3 - Hot Picks
  • New Non-fiction – Along aisle 9 in the Adult Services area
    Phase 3 - New Non Fiction
  • Curbside Pickup – On Chester Street at the library’s loading dock
    Phase 3 - Curbside Pickup
  • Street Side Drop Box – On Martin Street at the corner of Bates. Note: You will need to park your car in the adjacent spot to access the drop box.
    Phase 3 - Drop box temp location

Where do I return items?

  • At the street side drop box on Martin
  • To a staff member at the circulation desk

What does this expansion and renovation include?

  • 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

More Project Information

  • Construction began on July 5, 2023, is expected to last 9-10 months, and will be completed by April 2024. The library will remain open throughout the construction project.
  • Library materials will continue to be available and library programming will continue to be offered. Curbside pickup will be available on Chester Street at the library’s loading dock. Please ask any staff member for help locating materials or meeting rooms.
  • The library’s street side drop box has been relocated to Martin Street. An adjacent parking spot on Martin Street is reserved for users returning items to the drop box. The automated materials return system will be unavailable and out of service until the new entrance reopens in spring 2024.
  • No new taxes will appear on your tax bill as a result of this construction. The project is paid for with the library’s existing voter-approved millage.

What professionals are handling the project?

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:



Free Two-Hour Parking in Chester Street Deck

Metered street parking around Library

Free Parking on Sundays


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.

Upcoming Closures:

May 25-27: Closed

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