Plainfield library to begin ceiling construction

Staff report

The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library will begin construction in November to repair and replace failed ceiling joists. Structural supports have been in place since March. 

Library director Montie Manning said construction was expected to begin Nov. 3 with an anticipated project completion before the holidays in December. Structural engineers determined that two ceiling joists near the main information desk failed and partially collapsed due to heavy snow loads at the end of February. 

The building is expected to be closed to the public for safety reasons from Nov. 22-Dec. 3. During this more substantial phase of construction heavy steel trusses will be lifted overhead by crane and installed. Taking advantage of the closure, the library will also upgrade servers, data lines, and network switches, which may affect wi-fi and phone service. 

Moreover, Evergreen Indiana will undergo a major upgrade over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This may affect digital services such as hoopla, Kanopy and Overdrive. Library staff will focus on training opportunities and special projects while the building is closed to the public. Despite the closure, the library plans to continue offering some services such as PGTPL-To-Go for curbside delivery of items. Other services such as reference, reader’s advisory, printing and faxing can be done through email at,

chat service and phone. Library materials will not be due during the closure. Public wi-fi can be accessed from the parking lot 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Due to construction, the Friends of the Library December book sale has been rescheduled to Dec. 8-12. For more information, visit