North Ogden library reopens Saturday, $6 million upgrade complete

Thursday , June 21, 2018 - 1:58 PM

NORTH OGDEN — The hammering, painting and remodeling is finally winding down, and the North Branch library in North Ogden reopens on Saturday.

The doors open at noon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a variety of activities follow from 1-5 p.m. to welcome the public and acquaint them with the revamped facility. It closed in April 2017 to accommodate the work.

“Dramatic architectural changes designed into the renovation include a large skylight that showers natural light onto a new grand stairway that connects the first and second floors,” Lynnda Wangsgard, executive director of the Weber County Library System, said in a statement.

The interior was gutted and has a completely new look and feel, with the lower level, which had served largely as a storage area, converted into public space.

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The $6 million upgrade of the facility at 475 E. 2600 North is the fourth and final upgrade across the library system financed by a $45 million bond approved by voters in 2013. Per other improvements, the Main Branch library in Ogden received a $16.8 million overhaul, completed earlier this year, and the Southwest Branch library in Roy was rebuilt at a cost of around $20.5 million, among other things.

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Among the activities Saturday will be storytelling, music and tours of the overhauled facility, which serves the area around North Ogden, Pleasant View, Farr West and Plain City.

Here are a few of the highlights of the new facility:

  • Public areas now encompass around 24,000 square feet of the complex, double the previous figure.
  • The collections geared to adults, teens and kids have been enlarged and enhanced and patrons will be able to access four times as many public computers.
  • It contains a new teen center, the biggest in the Weber County system, with cafe-style study booths, tabletop computers, soft seating and space for teen-produced art exhibits.
  • Public meeting rooms feature cinema-quality projection equipment, sinks, refrigerators and serving counters for group meetings. There is also a grand piano. 
  • Larger windows provide “spectacular views” of Ben Lomond peak to the north the wetlands to the south.
  • A display case in the stairway linking the two levels reflects “images of the natural world into the lower level.”
  • There’s space for a cafe, though library officials are still seeking a vendor to lease it.

“Whether it is a good book, DVD, periodical or other learning material, the new North Branch will have greatly enhanced and expanded collections available,” Wangsgard said.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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