The Pasco County Commission has selected Trias Construction LLC, to complete the renovation work at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library.
The library, at 2818 Collier Parkway, in Land O’ Lakes, will get a complete makeover, under the approved expenditure, which is not to exceed $3,837,200.
The work is being paid for with funds secured from General Obligation Bonds approved by Pasco County voters in a November 2018 referendum, with a 66% voter approval.
The project involves completely updating and modernizing the branch library, including new spaces for adults, teens and children.
When the renovations are completed, it will have updated technology, new furnishings, high-efficiency air-conditioning and faster internet.
There also will be updated meeting spaces, an expanded lobby, a renovated makerspace and a central service desk, according to materials in the county board’s Aug. 24 agenda packet.
Space is being reconfigured in the library to maximize the amount available for public programming.
There also will be exterior renovations, including new landscaping and outdoor spaces.
The library closed on Aug. 14, to get ready for the renovations. The project is expected to wrap up in late 2022.
Meanwhile, patrons that typically use the Land O’ Lakes branch will be able to order materials to be placed on hold and picked up at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, which is next to the library. Hours for picking up holds will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m.
Patrons wanting to visit another library location can go to the New River Branch Library, at 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, which has just been completely updated. Or they can go to the Starkey Theatre, Library and Cultural Center that recently opened in the Starkey Ranch development, at 12200 Lake Blanche Road in Odessa.
Future plans also call for a library in Seven Oaks in Wesley Chapel.
The county plans to use money from the American Rescue Plan Act toward the funding of that new library.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the Land O’ Lakes Branch remodeling can be found at PascoLibraries.org/lol-remodel/.
For additional information, in general, visit PascoLibraries.org.
Published September 08, 2021