Renovation and Expansion Frequently Asked Questions

When will the renovation begin?

    • Renovations will most likely begin in the fall of 2023. We will update with further details closer to the  date.

Will the library close during the renovation? 

    • While the current location of the library will have to close during the renovation and expansion, we will  have all of the services that we currently offer available at an alternate location at the Manoa Shopping  Center that we are calling the Manoa Annex. 
    • The services available at the Manoa Annex will include: 
      • Book borrowing (new adult books, new children’s books, and other popular titles will be  available). 
      • Borrowable hotspots, Rokus, museum passes, and e-book readers loaded monthly with the  latest new reads. 
      • Computers for public use. 
      • The ability to print and make photocopies. 
      • A searchable catalog of library items. 
      • Seating for patrons.
      • Storytimes and other Children’s Programming.
    •  Patrons will also be able to place holds and request any item available in the Delaware County Libraries System. These requested materials will be available for pick-up at the new Manoa Annex location.
    •  Additionally, when the library closes in order to move to the temporary site at the Manoa Shopping  Center, library services will be unavailable at either location while we prepare the Manoa Annex. We appreciate your patience as we work to create a useful and enriching temporary alternative location.

Why are you renovating the library?

    • In addition to requiring basic facility upgrades (heating and cooling, electrical, and more), the current  library space is undersized compared to local peer libraries and is not adequate for the services and  programs it provides. The renovation and expansion will add an additional 30% of usable space to the current library building.

What happened to building a new library on another site?

    • After much discussion and deliberation, the township determined that renovating the current library  space and remaining at the corner of Darby and Mill Roads was most beneficial. The township  commissioners voted and decided in favor of the on-site renovation with an array of improvements  which will bring the library in line with 21st century libraries.  

Will I be able to check out books, audiobooks, music, and other materials when the library is closed? 

    • Yes, in addition to a collection of books and other materials available to browse onsite at the Manoa  Annex, all library card holders will be able to request any items from all other libraries in the Delaware County Library System through our interlibrary loan system. 

Will there be access to public computers, the copier, and printers when the library is closed? 

    • Yes, we will have public computers, a photocopier, and a printer available at the Manoa Annex for patron use. 

Will there be more parking when the library is renovated?

    • Yes.

What will the renovations be? 

    • The renovations will create expanded and improved spaces and support for our entire township  population. 
    • In addition to more room for collections and browsing, the new elements will include:
      • Additional public meeting spaces that will better support community needs 
      • Tutoring rooms
      • Quiet space for seniors and adults (a “living room”)
      • A/V lab to create multimedia content and programs
      • Friends of the Library book sale area
      • Dedicated teen and “tween” space
      • Makerspace/innovation zone
      • Sensory space for autistic children & individuals on the spectrum
      • Creative/learning play areas for toddlers and preschoolers 

When will the library re-open? 

    • The target date for renovation work to be complete is in January 2025, so we anticipate being able to  open to the public shortly thereafter. 

Will we be able to use other local libraries instead when the library is closed? 

    • Yes, you can use any other library in the Delaware County system. Here is a list of alternate libraries.

Will there still be storytime programs during the renovations?  

    • Yes, there will be storytimes several times per week at the Manoa Annex.