The Jefferson Parish Live Oak Library branch, 125 Acadia Drive, Waggaman, will be closed from Nov. 4 until early next year so crews can carry out $250,000 worth of renovations, officials said this week.
Library patrons are asked instead to use the Edith S. Lawson branch, 635 Fourth St., Westwego, or the Rosedale branch, 4036 Jefferson Highway, until the work is done.
The Parish Council in June awarded the contract for the work to Robert Wolfe Construction Inc., which submitted the lowest bid.
Work will begin Nov. 9, libraries spokesman Daniel Gitlin said. Barring unexpected delays, the contractors will have until mid-January to complete the project, which will be paid for from a libraries fund for capital improvements, Gitlin said.
Interior renovations will include a new drop-down ceiling, fresh carpeting and painting, upgraded heating and cooling systems, and better lighting and restrooms. Exterior renovations will include a new roof and improved outside lighting.
Gitlin said the renovations were made necessary by the age of the facility, which opened in the 1980s.
“This is sort of a home away from home for some people,” Gitlin said about the library. “This (project) is like updating your living room. We’re just trying to make it a more pleasant experience for people to visit.”