PALM DESERT – The Palm Desert Library, the second busiest of 34 branches in the Riverside County Library System, will celebrate the completion of improvements, including computers and self-checkout, that bring high-tech access for the more than 20,000 monthly visitors it serves.
Supervisor John J. Benoit is welcoming the public to attend the grand re-opening at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 and tour the library, located in Palm Desert at 73-300 Fred Waring Dr.
“Built 17 years ago, the Palm Desert Library was long overdue for a major renovation,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “These improvements keep up with technology and customer demand, enhancing the library experience for students and residents.”
Last summer, the Palm Desert Library was relocated to a temporary retail location at the Westfield Palm Desert Mall to allow for a $3.8 million renovation of the building.
Most notably, the renovation added new data lines to accommodate more than triple the amount of public computers, from 12 to 42. New technological features include an automated check-in return that prints a receipt for people who check in materials outside the library and six new automated self-service check-out stations.
The renovation included a newly defined young adult area with seating. Hundreds of new DVD and CD titles, and 1,500 new juvenile titles were purchased from the county library fund.
The renovation also added a new roof, carpet, furniture, paint, restrooms and energy-saving interior light fixtures. The Palm Desert Library re-opened to patrons Jan. 22. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees should RSVP to email@example.com or call 951-955-0757.
Supervisor John J. Benoit represents the Fourth District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from the Palm Springs area south to the Salton Sea and east to the Colorado River, it is the largest geographical district in the county. Benoit’s regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.