Parking lot construction to add book drop & more

Warmer weather means that all systems are go for construction to begin to make major improvements to the Fond du Lac Public Library’s downtown parking lot.

Crews will add a driveway, a new book drop and new bike rack. When done, the parking lot layout will be changed significantly: automobile traffic will be redirected, two additional handicapped parking spots will be added and the book drop and bike rack will be in new locations. The changes are designed to improve pedestrian walkways and traffic flow and to make drive-and-drop much easier.

The plan will add a driveway on the Portland Street (west) side, separating the parking lot entrance and the book drop lane. The book drop will be moved closer to the library entrance. The two bike racks will be replaced with a custom-made, blue rack that sports titles of famous Fond du Lac books, such as “Seventeenth Summer,” by Maureen Daly; “Foot of the Lake,” by Cindy Barden; and “Extraordinary People,” by Darold Treffert.

The parking lot project is phase two of a yearlong plan of improvements at the downtown library. Phase one, finished in March, replaced the carpet and rearranged the collections. Phase three will replace the 52-year-old service elevator that patrons use to access the Seefeld Local History Room. Elevator replacement is scheduled to start in late summer.

Pictured: Staff unwraps the new book drop in the library garage. The bike rack waits for installation at the City of FDL storage lot.

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