ABOVE: Staff member Angela Jacobe pitching in to help as the first floor collection was relocated to the 2nd floor to facilitate remodeling of the are now called “Library Central” and “Club Central”.
The remodeling of the Arts and Literature department on the southwest side of the first floor of the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando began in August 2002 with the relocation of materials to other floors.
Magazines and periodicals were relocated to their new home on 4th Floor and audio visual materials and fiction books were temporarily relocated to the 2nd floor in an area normally not accessible to the general public. (Present location of the Sewing studio and offices for the Melrose Center and Technology and Education staff.)
Staff tagged each shelf of books and the shelves where they would be relocated with matching numbers. Professional movers boxed the books and then moved shelving to the new locations and relocated the books to the newly marked shelves.
Most of this took place after hours or on weekends in order to minimize disruption of service.
The grand reopening of the new Library Central took place in November 2003. The remodel resulted in a performance/event stage, separate area for teens ages 11-18 called Club Central and lower shelving on the south side of the floor, allowing for more natural light to permeate the space.