300 W. Merrill St. Birmingham, MI 48009 | (248) 647-1700

Renovation

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:

  • PHASE 1: ADULT SERVICES RENOVATION
    (Completed in May 2017)
  • PHASE 2: YOUTH ROOM EXPANSION AND RENOVATION
    (Starting in Summer 2019, with completion by Spring 2020)
  • PHASE 3: CIRCULATION, LOBBY, AND PUBLIC ENTRANCE RENOVATION
    (Proposed for 2023-2024)

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Location - View Map

300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Hours

Monday to Thursday 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Thank you for supporting the Youth Room Expansion & Renovation project. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations of $1000 or more will be recognized on an Honor Roll Donor Plaque to be hung in the new Youth Room.

To pay by check or cash, download the BPL Fundraising Pledge Form and mail or deliver it to:

Baldwin Public Library Trust
300 W. Merrill
Birmingham, MI 48009

updated Shain park rendering

Phase Two: Process

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. Next, Baldwin will issue an RFP for design development and construction documents. Construction is expected to start in summer 2019 and be completed by spring 2020. The cost of the project is estimated at $2.348 million.

Bird's eye view

Phase 2: Planned Improvements

  • Expansion of Youth Room by 40%, or approximately 2,000 square feet
  • Larger play area, story room,seating areas, and a separate room for strollers
  • New furniture, carpeting, and lighting
  • New display cases and a large aquarium
  • ADA compliance
  • Modernized restrooms with increased capacity
  • Outdoor children’s terrace and garden
  • Outdoor children’s terrace and garden
  • Exposure of brick on original 1927 building
  • Energy-efficient, glare-reducing glass from floor to ceiling

Picture Book Shelving Looking Toward South

Phase 2: 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

Play area with view toward Youth Desk and Youth office

Naming Rights Opportunities

Naming rights enhance your family’s or company’s reputation demonstrating strong support of libraries and early education. Your contribution to modernizing our Youth Room is a vital part of our community’s success. As a naming rights sponsor, your name or logo will be prominently featured on a plaque near your named item and on the Youth Room Honor Roll donor plaque recognizing all major donors.Naming Rights Opportunities

Phase One: Adult Services

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

 

 

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday
9:30am - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday
9:30am -5:30pm

Sunday
12:00pm - 5:00pm

Baldwin Public Library

300 W. Merrill St.

Birmingham, MI 48009

248-647-1700

Baldwin Library Idea Lab

 

The Idea Lab is the Baldwin Public Library's new space for hands-on exploring, tinkering, and learning. We're here to encourage learning and collaboration through access to new technologies and machines. Currently we have a 3d printer and laser cutter available for use. ALL experience levels are welcome.

Check Out Our Digital Services

 

Baldwin has thousands of titles that you can watch, read, and listen to on your computer or mobile device - all without having to set foot in the library.

2 Hours Free Parking in Chester Street Deck.

Metered street parking around Library

Free Parking on Sundays

248-647-1700

300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Library Hours

Monday to Thursday

9:30 am - 9:00 pm

Friday and Saturday

9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday

12:00 pm - 5:00pm

Library Closed

September 1-3 - Labor Day Weekend

October 19 - Closing at 1:00 p.m.

 

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The Baldwin Public Library will close at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed Thursday, November 22 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday
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