Renovations News and Updates

6/2/2021: Big Rigs Take Over Staff Parking Lot

The staff parking lot and staff entrance were closed for most of the day as Turner Construction used a crane to lift air conditioning equipment up to the roof. We are making progress.

5/17/2021: Staff Parking Lot Closed until 3 pm due to Construction

The staff parking lot will be closed during the morning and afternoon when Turner Construction uses a huge crane to remove debris and load new material and chilled water piping to the roof.





5/11/2021: Planned Power Outage Delays Main Library Opening

Due to a planned power outage, Main Library will delay opening until 2:30 pm Tuesday, May 11.  Bertram Woods Branch will be open its usual hours from 11 am-7 pm. Thank you for your patience as we continue to renovate your Shaker Library.


4/1/2021: Phase I Renovation Has Been Competed

The west side of the Main Library building, which includes the lower level and the first floor has been completed. Staff moved the collection to the west side of the building and Phase Two of the Renovation is now in progress. Main Library’s front doors are open. Please come to visit to see what’s new — comfortable seating, a calming color scheme, and a clean, airy, open look. What remains the same is our commitment to serving our community.

3/29/2021: Library Board Votes to Delay Woods Renovation for Six Months

At a Special Meeting, the Library Board voted to delay beginning the Bertram Woods Branch Renovation for six months until the
Forward Together Joint Master Facilities Plan interim options report is received in December 2021. In voting to delay the Woods Branch renovation, the Board of Trustees affirmed its commitment to providing branch library services at or near the current Bertram Woods Branch location.


March 2021: Getting Ready to Move from the Building’s East Side to the West

Staff packed more books in preparation for the move to the newly-renovated west side of the Main Library building. Workers were busy getting the front entrance ready for cusomers.

February 2021: Construction Crews Worked in Sleet and Snow

Construction work continued in spite of inclement weather. The library added more broadband for its customers enabling access in the parking lot.

1/25/2021: Phase I Renovation Continues

The west side of the first and second floors continue to be renovated and reconfigured. The first phase also includes the installation of new boiler and air handler units, electrical and plumbing work, and exterior restoration work to the main entry façade and vestibule.

Main Library will be closed for two weeks from Thursday, March 18 through Wednesday, March 31 to move from Phase One to Phase Two of the construction project. No services will be available at Main Library. Bertram Woods Branch will be open as usual when the Main Library is closed.

12/18/2020: A Little Snow Doesn’t Slow Outdoor Repairs

Work continues on the existing masonry façade.  Additional tuck pointing is being performed adjacent to the windows to confirm that the entire wall assembly is weather tight.   The boilers were installed, inspected and the new boilers and pumps were activated on November 12. Interior framing and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) rough-in are currently in progress.

10/26/2020: Drains, Windows, and Boilers Are the Current Focus

The renovation is on schedule for substantial completion at the end of October 2021. Interior demolition is substantially completed at the western portion of all three building levels and the next phase includes above ceiling work.

On the outside of the building mockups and testing at the windows continues. The concrete walls of the area well at the east side of the building are installed and work has begun on the entry ramp re-configuration. Underground plumbing at the boiler room is complete. Work is currently focused on getting the new boilers operational so heat can be restored to the building.  The existing foundation drain lines at the building perimeter are clogged. The lines were excavated and filmed; however, the camera reached an obstruction. The drain at the area well was adjusted so it is connected to the storm downspout lines, rather than the foundation drains.

9/25/2020: Making Progress on the East Side of the Main Library Building

The September weather cooperated as work began on the east side of the building to repair the drain tiles and widen the sidewalk. When the trucks depart, the fences go down, and the cement dries, the side entrance will be open for business.

9/22/2020: Main Library and Bertram Woods Branch Reopen for Browsing

While renovations continue on the Main Library building, entrances will open and close according to the construction schedule. When the Library reopened for Computer Use, signs directed folks to the side door. Now that the construction is on the side of the building, another entrance has been created on the front of the building. Visitors will enter to the right past the construction gate and follow the ramp to enter the building. We appreciate your patience as we construct your library for the future.

9/2/2020: Renovations Continue as Library Reopens the Computer Center

September 2, the Library opened the Main Library Temporary Computer Center to the community. Visitors can sign up for one-hour appointments with services of copying, faxing, and scanning also available. The Temporary Computer Center is located on the second floor in the former Project Room. Meanwhile, behind the scenes the renovation continues.

Take a look behind the walls to see renovation photos taken on August 28.

7/20/2020: Getting Ready for Construction: Or How We Spent Our Summer in Quarantine

While the Library has been closed to the public, the staff has been busy storing and moving material in preparation for the renovation. The basement offices have been cleared out and staff offices have been created in the upstairs meeting rooms. Children’s material has been moved to the second floor and the former quiet study area is now filled with shelves of books.

Enjoy this look at what staff has been doing to get ready for the renovation.

6/29/2020 Library Unveils Site Logistic Plan for Renovation

At its June 29, 2020 Board Meeting the Library and Board reviewed and discussed the Site Logistics Plan for Phase I of the Renovation. While the Library has been closed during the COVID Quarantine, staff has been busy cleaning, packing, and moving to temporary offices. Construction crews have been busy “deconstructing” to get ready for the renovation.

When the Library reopens, its temporary entrance will be through the east doors near the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building.


4/07/2020Main Library Renovation Design Unveiled at Special Board Meeting

April 7, 2020, Bialosky Cleveland presented the Main Library renovation design to the Board. View the presentation here.



Main Library Meeting Rooms Will Be Closed after May 17.

The meeting rooms at Main Library will not be available after May 17 until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience but look forward to reopening with new, updated meeting rooms for our community.
The Library plans to remain open for the duration of the renovation; however, there may be times when some services could be disrupted. Please check back here often for renovation news and updates.

Renovation Update presented to Shaker Heights City Council—01-27-2020

On January 27, Library Board President, Michael Bertsch, and Library Director, Amy Switzer, updated the Shaker Heights City Council with a brief presentation on the progress of the library renovation project.



Meet the Renovation Design Team and learn what has been happening behind the scenes—01-03-2020

Read the January 2020 Library News in Shaker Life magazine about the Library’s commitment to our community, our plans for renovation, and the designers who will help to make it all happen.

Renovation Updates presented to the Board of Education—12-10-2019

On December 10, Library Board Vice President, Michael Bertsch, and Library Director, Amy Switzer, updated the Shaker Heights Board of Education with a brief presentation on the progress of the library renovation project.


Results from Community Feedback Survey—09-04-2019

Architects from Bialosky Cleveland provided a “Dashboard” view of the Community Feedback Survey results from our three opportunities for public comments in August. The exercises were interactive and enlightening.  Thank you to the 896 respondents who shared their comments with us.

Library Selects Construction Manager at Risk for Library Renovation and Repair Project—8-17-2019

The Library Board selected Turner Construction Company as the Construction Manager at Risk for the Main Library renovation project. Turner has extensive experience with public library projects and with renovating historic buildings. They have a deep knowledge of working in Shaker Heights and worked with the our architects, Bialosky Cleveland, on the Van Aken District. The team working our project has built their careers on complex new build, renovation and historical projects and they have experience managing renovations during ongoing operations.

Planning a Renovation with Our Community — 7-22-2019

Get in on the ground floor! The way Shaker Library uses its space and resources to support our community is critical for our success. We need your comments and observations to help guide our plans for the renovation of the Main Library building. Please drop in at the Main Library any time during one of the open houses and share your thoughts with us. Refreshments provided by our generous Friends of the Shaker Library. 10 am-noon Wednesday, August 7, 4-6 pm Wednesday, August 7,  and 10 am-noon Saturday, August 10. Please take the time to join us. This is your library

Library Trends — 7-15-2019

When the Library hired Bialosky Cleveland as architects for the Main Library renovation, the firm set to work immersing themselves in the library world and researching current library developments. They created a Library Trends presentation for the Library Board, which we are pleased to share with our community. We are excited to be moving forward in the process.

Change to Our Meeting Room Procedures — 7-01-2019

The upcoming renovation of Shaker Library will transform your library for the twenty-first century. During the renovation project, access to some spaces may sometimes be limited. We are working to ensure that any meeting room you reserve will be available when you need it. Therefore, beginning July 1 meeting room reservations may be made no more than three months in advance, instead of up to six months in advance. Thank you for your understanding during this exciting time. Meeting Room Information.

Library Selects Architect for Library Renovation and Repair Project — 5-28-2019

The Library Board selected Bialosky Cleveland as the architect for the Main Library renovation project. Because of needed repairs to the building, particularly the building envelope, it is essential to ensure that the team providing services for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), structural, civil and building envelope services are highly qualified and experienced in similar projects. Bialosky Cleveland has significant in-house MEP expertise and will be using Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates for building envelope services. Read press release.

Library Hires Owner’s Representative — 1-28-2019

The Library Board hired RFC Contracting, Inc. as the Owner’s Representative for the Main Library renovation. RFC has extensive experience providing Owner’s Representative services on public projects, including for public libraries.