Madison Public Library to Relocate Pinney Library

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 1:07pm

Current location to close at day end on November 30 and reopen in an interim space in early 2019 as new library is built

Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library, currently located at 204 Cottage Grove Road, will close to the public at 9pm on Friday, November 30, 2018 and reopen at an interim space at 209 Cottage Grove Road as the new Pinney Library is constructed at 516 Cottage Grove Road. The current library lease expires on December 31, 2018, with no options to extend.

A resolution seeking authorization to lease an interim library space at 209 Cottage Grove Road sponsored by Alder David Ahrens was presented to the Common Council on September 4, 2018, and approved by the Common Council on September 25, 2018.  The library will relocate to the interim space during December 2018 with an anticipated opening in early 2019.

“Multiple project delays meant that we reached the end of our lease at our current Pinney Library before the new Pinney Library was completed, leaving a significant service gap between having to vacant the current site and relocating to the new library.” said Library Director Greg Mickells. “Using the space at 209 Cottage Grove Road during that gap will help diminish the impact on the neighborhood, and allow the library to continue to provide much-needed library service in the meantime.”

The interim library at 209 Cottage Grove Road, former site of an Ace Hardware store, is expected to open in January of 2019, with opening dependent on construction and technology installation timelines. The library will maintain most current services and collections in the interim space; however that space will not have a meeting/program room.  Pinney staff are working with other agencies and organizations in the area to redirect requests for meeting space and set up programming partnerships in order to continue community programming in 2019.

Pinney users will be notified by email and in the library about changes as the close date nears, including alternate drop off and pickup locations for library materials.

The future Pinney Library will be located in Ruedebusch Development & Construction’s Royster Corners mixed use development located at the intersection of Cottage Grove Road and Dempsey Road in a 20,000 square foot space.  Construction on the building began in the spring 2018, with the internal construction scheduled to begin in spring of 2019.  The new library is expected to open to the public in early 2020.  

The new Pinney Library at Royster Corners will feature expanded seating and meeting spaces; improved spaces for children and teens, including a Play Lab space for young children ages 0-5; an outdoor space for events and programs; updated technology; a quiet reading area; and a drive-through book drop. The library will be a model building for sustainability, with the hopes of attaining LEED Gold certification.