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Compton Library Reopens (Key Part of Central Restoration)

St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library is pleased to announce that after extensive renovation, its Compton Library is now open to the public. The reopening is a key component of the Central Library Restoration and Renewal Project. The facility has been renovated in order to maximize patrons’ access to many of Central’s unique collections and services during its restoration. The approximately $2 million renovation was a budgeted part of the Central Library Project.

Located two blocks west of Central at 1624 Locust, Compton Library is now home to 1.1 million books and other materials including the extensive government depository collection (federal, Missouri, and St. Louis) as well as the Library’s renowned history & genealogy materials. Customers will also have access to many unique St. Louis publications and files. Although the Special Collections Department is not housed at Compton, staff will be able to provide many of its items upon request. There is a workroom for staff, space for the Library’s digitization projects, storage, and a small public service area with room for about 20 patrons.

The Compton Library’s focus is on researchers and their needs. It is not intended to be a full-service Branch, so only patrons who need access to its specialized materials and subjects will be able to use it. Compton staff members are experts in their fields and are able to help researchers find information. Additionally, there are computers loaded with research software and outlets for those with their own laptops.

Among the highlights of the renovation are:

*  New energy-efficient HVAC and mechanical systems

*  ADA compliant access to the building

*  UV protection on all windows for protection of collections

*  Interior lighting UV protected for preservation of materials

*  All new shelving including compact high-density units in the lower level

*  New flooring throughout

*  Improved exterior site lighting

*  Interior and exterior security cameras

Said St. Louis Public Library Executive Director Waller McGuire, “The reopening of Compton marks a major milestone in the complex process of restoring Central Library, with literally millions of items that need to be properly stored, yet easily accessible to our patrons.

For more information, call 314-539-0300.

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3/15/2011