Building Improvement Projects

Buena Park Library District  
Building Improvement Projects 
Plumbing – Heating - Cooling 

Phase One:   

Library Closure- August 8, 2022-Tentatively Reopening September 12, 2022 

 Phase Two:   

Library Closure Dates TBD, Tentatively Spring 2023  

Project Overview
The Buena Park Library District will be undergoing an essential plumbing repair and a complete replacement of its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The plumbing repair will replace a waste line that serves the main restrooms and will improve waste drainage, reducing toilet and drain backups. The current HVAC system contains mostly original components from the 1969 library building and has surpassed its useful life. It is running at a reduced capacity due to equipment failure and is inefficient, resulting in high energy and water usage. It is necessary to proactively complete these projects to avoid a critical failure later.

To complete both projects, there will be extensive work throughout all three levels of the library building and the exterior mechanical yard, including electrical work, plumbing work, demolition, and installation of new components. For the safety of library staff, patrons, and the construction crew, the building will be closed during these projects. These projects will be completed in two phases. The first phase will result in a library closure beginning on August 8, 2022, and tentatively reopening on September 12, 2022. The second phase is tentatively scheduled for January 2023. These building repairs and upgrades will ensure that the Library remains a safe and comfortable community space for many years to come.  

The HVAC project is part of the Library’s Capital Improvement Plan. The contract was approved by the Library Board of Trustees in September 2021 and will cost approximately $2 million. The additional waste line repair was approved separately by the Board in February 2022 and will cost an additional $28,000.


Questions and Answers 

Why does the restroom waste line need replacement?  

Our waste line is not draining effectively due to damage from age and wear, resulting in recurring backed up toilets and sinks in the restrooms. This replacement will allow waste to drain effectively, reducing drainage backups.  

Why does the HVAC system need replacement?  

Most components of our current HVAC system are original to the library building, which is from 1969. It is running at a reduced capacity due to failing components. It is also inefficient, resulting in high energy use and costly water and electrical expenses. Our new system will cool and heat our facility more effectively, provide higher air filtration, and allow better temperature regulation. This will benefit our community by providing a safe, cool environment during the heat and a warm comfortable environment during the cooler weather. 

When will these projects take place?  

These building improvements will be completed in two phases. The first phase will be from August 8, 2022, to approximately September 12, 2022. The second phase of the project is tentatively scheduled for January 2023.  

Why does the library need to be closed for these projects?  

These improvements involve the entire building. There will be a great deal of dust, construction debris, and equipment. There will be no fresh airflow into the building and the restrooms will be out of order. Many areas will be inaccessible and work crews will be spread out throughout the building. For the safety of library patrons, staff, and the construction crew, the library needs to be closed for the project. 

When will the library reopen?

The library is tentatively scheduled to reopen from the first phase of the project on September 12, 2022. This date may be adjusted depending on the progression of the project. The dates for the second project are still to be determined. 

Will I notice a difference when the library reopens? 

Temperatures and airflow will be more consistent throughout the building, resulting in a noticeable difference on warmer and cooler days.  

Can I still return my library books?  

Although the library building will be closed, our outdoor book drop located on the side of the building to the left of the entrance will remain open.  

Will I be charged overdue fees if I do not return my books during the closure?  

Due dates are adjusted so that library items are not due during the closure. You may still return overdue items in our book drop. The Buena Park Library District does not charge overdue fines, although items that are more than 45 days overdue will be billed a replacement fee for lost items. If the items are returned, the lost item fee will be removed.  

Can I still visit the library to apply for a passport?  

No, the library will not be providing passport services during the closure. Please visit the Department of State’s website at for other options to obtain your passport during our closure.  

Who do I contact if I need assistance with my library account or using the library’s electronic resources?  

You may use the Library’s CONTACT US form to leave us a message. Alternatively, you may call 714-826-4100 x 125 and leave a message. Your messages may not be answered immediately, but we will do our best to respond within 2 business days.   

Can I have a list of other nearby libraries?  

For your convenience, here is a list of nearby libraries. Please contact each library directly for information about their programs, services, and operating hours.   

Anaheim Public Library- Haskett Branch  
2650 W Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92804 
(714) 765-5075  

Cypress Library (OC Public Libraries) 
5331 Orange Ave, Cypress, CA 90630 
(714) 826-0350 

Fullerton Public Library 
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832 
(714) 738-6333 

La Mirada Library (Los Angeles County Library) 

13800 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638 
(562) 943-0277  

La Palma Library (OC Public Libraries) 
7842 Walker St, La Palma, CA 90623 
(714) 523-8585