Madison Public Library Seeks Temporary Relocation of Pinney Library Prior to Permanent Move to Royster Corners

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 11:09pm

Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library, currently located at 204 Cottage Grove Road, will close to the public December 1, 2018.  The current library lease expires on December 31, 2018, with no options to extend.

A resolution sponsored by Alder David Ahrens, to be presented to the Common Council on September 4, 2018, seeks Council authorization to lease a temporary space at 209 Cottage Grove Road, (former site of Ace Hardware) between December 2018 and January 2020.  If approved by Council, the library will relocate to the temporary space during December 2018 with an anticipated opening in January 2019.

“Multiple project delays meant that we reached the end of our lease at our current Pinney Library before the new Pinney Library would be 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.  We look forward to sharing more details about the move once the lease is approved.”

The future permanent Pinney Library location 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.  Pre-design work began in summer 2017, followed by the design phase commencing in fall/winter 2017-8. Construction began in the spring 2018, and 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.

Those interested in learning more about the Pinney Library project can visit the following sites for more information:

Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library

City of Madison Engineering Project Page

Madison Public Library Foundation’s Campaign for a New Pinney Library