The new Dover Library’s structure has pretty much taken shape as the rust colored steel beams are just about all in place and things like the steel structure of the library director’s office have materialized.


The new Dover Library’s structure has pretty much taken shape as the rust colored steel beams are just about all in place and things like the steel structure of the library director’s office have materialized.

Among other things, the teen loft with stairs from the second floor leading up to it have sheetrock nailed in and spackled. The loft was included in the architecture for the library after a teen focus group requested a destination point for them,
Dover Public Library Director Margie Cyr said.

There is also the children’s area that has taken shape in the front of the library off East Loockerman Street, with subcontractors installing sprinkler pipes Friday.

All this and more was on display Friday morning as Cyr and EDiS Field Superintendent Bruce Braughton gave a tour of the still emerging facility Friday morning. Wilmington-based EDiS is the general contractor for the $20.8 million structure. EDiS is overseeing more than a dozen subcontractors from the Tri-State are working on the building.

Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture is based in New York designed the classically styled building.

Work began on the structure in April. City and construction officials anticipate the new library will open in September. The new building will serve as an anchor library for Kent County, with expanded services.

In addition to collection materials, the library will have professional staffing services, computer training facilities and meetings rooms for public use. The new library will also expand its literacy and ESL programs.

The library will also have space set aside that allows its book collections to grow as needed, Cyr said.

Once complete, the Dover Public Library will feature abundant natural lighting and a ventilation system that circulates healthy, germ-free air, Cyr said.