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Bangor Public Library closes for six weeks this fall/winter

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BANGOR The interior renovation of the Bangor Public Library is about to endure a drastic change. As the original architectural plans dictate, a grand staircase is being installed in the octagonal building that connects the original library with the 1997 addition. Because of the size and intricate installation, the Library will be closing Nov. 16 and will not reopen until Jan. 4, 2016.

'The new staircase, which will be a focal point to draw the two buildings together, is a massive undertaking,' says Barbara McDade, Library director. 'For the safety of our patrons and a smooth installation, we will be closed for six weeks.'

All will not be quiet, however. While the Library may not be open to the public, the staff will be busy retagging and barcoding the more than 500,000 volume collection. Through a grant by the Next Generation Foundation, the Library is investing in RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. Everything within the collection will be retagged with a security barcode and linked to the library's catalogue. In addition, RFID will increase the library's efficiency and security. Patrons will be able to check out a stack of books at one time by placing them on a pad at the circulation desk. Or, for those who prefer, self check-out stations will be available.

Additionally, the Library's online branch will still be available 24/7. Through the library's website, www.bangorpubliclibrary.org, patrons can view over 70 magazines via Flipster, download audio books or eBooks, or browse the Bangor Community Digital Commons. The Digital Commons aims to preserve and provide access to historic content such as World War I and II posters, regimental histories, Bangor's Book of Honor, Bangor police and fire department histories, high school yearbooks and so much more. Plus, patrons will still have access to the online databases and use of the genealogy services.

During the closure, the inter-library loan system will be closed. Patrons can request books from other libraries through the Maine State Library to be picked up at the Fogler Library (University of Maine campus) or at the Nottage Library (University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor campus).

Thanks to our neighboring libraries, Bangor Public Library cardholders will be able to check out books using the BPL card at the Fogler Library, the Edith Dyer Community Library (Hampden), the Maine State Library (Augusta), Nottage Library (University of Maine Augusta Bangor Campus), the Old Town Public Library and the Orono Public Library.

For more information on the Library's renovation, programming and services, visit www.bangorpubliclibrary.org.

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