Once more, the failing systems of the current building need replacement. The door opener for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility on the entrance to the Library was a modification to the original entry doors, because the 1991 building predated the 1993 Americans with Disabilities Act. As you know from visiting the Library, especially with a stroller, in a wheelchair, using a walker etc., the current opener is cumbersome and has been increasingly out of service, requiring repair.
The 2012 Building Evaluation identified this replacement as a “Tier 2” or 2-5 year need, in hindsight a very accurate estimate of its remaining useful life from that point. The Library is fortunate that an automatic door can be retrofitted to the existing door opening without the need for extensive modifications to the vestibule area. However, it will be a significant service interruption for our users.
On Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9, the company performing the work is scheduled begin at 6am and be done for the day at 11am. When they leave on Tuesday, it is anticipated that the door will be operational but finish work not yet complete. From 9am to 11am on both days, Library users will be directed to the entrance on the side of the Library building between the Library and Plymouth Congregational Church. This entrance is not ADA accessible but there are no other accessible entrances into the building.
Anyone using the Library from 9-11am on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9 will have to climb a metal exterior stair to do so. Staff will be stationed at this entrance to help anyone who may be unable to enter the Library due to the service disruption.
Our apologies for the temporary inconvenience while the entrance doors are replaced.