If you stopped by the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., during the past few months, you may have noticed that the library was under construction.

Various parts of the building were updated and remodeled as part of the Library’s ongoing efforts to provide superior customer service in a clean environment.

With the help of a $40,000 competitive Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund Grant for Public Libraries through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Library received the funding to enhance the first-floor main circulation area.

New carpeting and painting were completed throughout the first floor of the Vintage building. Structural changes also took place under the periodicals balcony to remove a support beam to allow for more space to accommodate people in wheelchairs or parents with strollers.

As part of the process, one Help Desk was designed and installed to better serve patrons. With this one desk, staff members can assist with all library and reference questions, including passports, as well as have a line of sight on all three entrances for better visibility and security.

New furniture and seating areas were purchased for the functionality and comfort of patrons. If you haven’t seen the changes, stop on by and check it out!

The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.