Join us on Saturday, July 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for our open house, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the library building remodel and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Loutit Library, a department of the City of Grand Haven, as a district library.

In the fall of 2006, the Board proposed a new 21,500 square-foot addition extending out over the old parking lot.  The addition created a parking garage, the Youth Wing, as well as room for the audio-visual collection, a comfortable lobby, large restrooms, refreshment lounge, administrative offices, and staff work areas.  The old building was completely gutted to house the Adult Wing with double-sided fireplace, quiet study rooms, the Local History and Genealogy Department, reading area, copy center, public computing center, computer classroom, program rooms, and Cheapstacks Used Book Store.  The main entrance orientation was changed from Columbus Avenue to Fourth Street. The estimated cost for the proposed project was $11,442,000.  Accumulated library savings of $1.8 million and over $1 million in donations brought the cost down for voters.  In May 2007, voters approved the$3.425 million bond issue to be paid off over 20 years.

The Library was temporarily relocated to a former Save-a-Lot store on South Beacon Boulevard during construction.  Jim Snyder’s house at 333 Columbus Avenue was relocated to Fulton Street to allow for an additional parking lot. DSC00535

The Troyer Group was retained for the project, and in March 2008, Triangle Associates of Grand Rapids broke ground.  The old building was completely gutted to house the Adult Wing with double-sided fireplace, quiet study rooms, the Local History and Genealogy Department, reading area, copy center, public computing center, computer classroom, program rooms, and Cheapstacks Used Book Store.  The main entrance orientation was changed from Columbus Avenue to Fourth Street.

On July 1, 2009, Loutit District Library reopened in its new mission-style home.  Due to favorable construction climate, the project cost finished at just over $10 million.

Our Site Has a New Look!

We went through a bit of re-design! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the site, please send an email to cmccoy@loutitlibrary.org