MERRILLVILLE | The Lake County Public Library is eager to finish renovating its central site in Merrillville.
Major work is expected to be finished by the end of the year, said Dawn Mogle, assistant director of central library services.
Small detail work could continue in January and February, she said.
"There are always little things that have to be done in the end," Mogle said.
A dedication ceremony could occur in March.
Last week, workers replaced a sky light in the main atrium of the facility at 1919 W. 81st Ave., Mogle said.
The library is moving its reference desk and opening a genealogy room, Mogle said.
A drive-up area where patrons can return materials could be available in two to three weeks.
Unlike the previous drive-up area, patrons will not have to leave their vehicles to return items when the new area is open, Mogle said.
The library has ordered signs to direct traffic in the drive-up area, and it will be available after the signs are received.
The library has moved its sculpture, "The Reader," from a north window to a location above the main entrance on the west side of the building.
Mogle said many people asked about the sculpture when it wasn't displayed.
"We wouldn't do without her," Mogle said of "The Reader."
When the project is finished, more computers will become available, and the library will expand its Wi-Fi capabilities.
Exterior work at the library has included replacing white panels with brick.
Some libraries choose to close a branch when it is being renovated, but closing the central location wasn't possible to speed up the work, Mogle said.
She said patrons have handled the construction work well, but she wouldn't be surprised if traffic at the central branch dropped during the project, which started in 2011.