Improvements to Harmony Library will create a better experience for all

Harmony Library will reopen for business on Tuesday, July 6 after several weeks of closure for numerous upgrades and improvements.  Front Range Community College – Larimer Campus (FRCC-LC) is managing and funding the projects taking place this Spring and early Summer.  FRCC has worked for considerable time to secure the needed funding for the project through the State, and the work has been scheduled for a year or so. 

The largest upgrade is to Harmony Library’s mechanical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.  The current systems are mostly original to the building, which opened in 1998.  While the system has served the library for decades, in recent years it has grown difficult to balance temperatures throughout the building, with perimeter offices and study rooms often too hot or too cold.  The building as a whole had become harder to cool effectively and consistently in the heat of Summer.  Upgrading HVAC systems will provide a better year-round experience for all library users. 

We’re feeling good in Harmony Library’s new HVAC system!

In addition to HVAC system upgrades, there are numerous other building upgrades FRCC-LC Facilities staff is performing and coordinating during the closure.  Projects include new paint in many areas that have not been painted in a decade or so, replacement of worn flooring in high traffic areas with new, durable carpet in the lobby and the central, round entrance area of the library, and a new, automatic slider door from the outer lobby into the inner which will facilitate ease of travel into and out of the library. 

The lobby got a much-need makeover, with a new coat of paint and new carpet.

We have opened up the teen areas to create a more open and inviting atmosphere there. The community room has also gotten new carpet and paint, as has the former computer lab, renamed the “East Room”, which will now provide much-needed programming space for FRCC and the Library District.

The round, central entrance area to the Harmony Library is looking good!

All of these changes will contribute to a new and improved experience when you visit the Harmony Library. We look forward to seeing you soon!

During the closure, our Circulation staff has continued to work hard shelving books, managing returned materials, and keeping things organized.