In 2022 the City of Butler and the Butler Area Public Library were awarded a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities for just over $29,000. The grant stipulated that some of the funds would be used for renovating the carpeting in the Children's and Reference Departments as well as, replacing the flooring in the library's meeting room. The rest of the funds would be used to convert the doors leading into the Reference Department to automated doors, making the space more easily accessible for all patrons.
Basement Meeting Space Floor - BEFORE
Basement Carpeting was worn and stained prior to the Keystone Grant Project in 2022.
Basement Meeting Space Floor - AFTER
Basement Meeting Room carpet was replaced with vinyl flooring.
Children's Department Floor - BEFORE
The floor in the Children's Department was stained and worn from years of heavy use.
Children's Department Floor - AFTER
In the Children's Department, the worn carpeting was replaced with new, replaceable, carpet squares and the floorplan was redesigned for practical and aesthetic purposes.
Reference Exit Doors - BEFORE
The entrance/exit to the Computer Lab and Reference Desk was not easily accessible, with non-automated doors. In the past, only part of the Reference & Special Collections Department was accessible via elevator access.
Reference Exit Doors - AFTER
The main entrance/exit to the second floor was made ADA compliant with automated doors, which means both of the second floor split levels are now accessible to wheelchairs, baby strollers, and pushcarts.
Reference Department Floor - BEFORE
The carpet in the Computer Lab was stained and wearing out from heavy use.
Reference Department Floor - AFTER
The carpeting was replaced with replaceable carpet squares in the area of most heavy use - in the Computer Lab and around the Reference Desk.
Reference Entrance Doors - BEFORE
From the second floor landing, the doors were not ADA compliant and were difficult for those using wheelchairs, strollers or carts, as well as for those carrying books and bags.
Reference Entrance Doors - AFTER
Entering from the second floor landing was made easier by adding automated doors which can be opened by sensor panels at the top of the stairs and outside of the elevator.
Finished Basement Floor
Basement Meeting Room floor makes it easier to clean and to move tables & chairs in various formations for events.
Finished Reference Floor & Doors
With flooring upgrades in the Computer Lab, the Reference & Special Collections Department was able to adjust seating and work/reading spaces; install a second catalog unit; and, add charging stations to increase access on both of the Department's split levels.