The Evanston Public Library downtown will get new roof-top air conditioning units next week, and lifting them into place will require some closures around the building.

Parking lot 3, the surface lot on Chicago Avenue between Church and Clark streets, will close at 9 p.m. on Monday, April 11, to make room for the heavy equipment being used to install the new cooling system.

Then on Tuesday, April 12, the entrance to the library garage and the alleys on the library block will be closed for safety reasons starting at 6 a.m.

The closures will continue until the scheduled completion of the work Tuesday afternoon.

The project will require a hoisting crane that will arrive on two large trucks, a semi-trailer delivering the new cooling units, two semi- trailers hauling away the old units and several service vehicles.

The city has contracted with Gatwood Crane Service and International Piping Systems for the work.

People who normally park in the surface lot should use the Church Street garage at 525 Church St., across the street from the library lot, instead.

The project, funded from the city’s capital improvement program, will replace old cooling units that city officials say are wearing out and no longer adequately cool the building.

The new units are smaller, energy efficient and use an environmentally friendly gas to generate cooling for the building. The city has been pre-approved for a $16,000 rebate through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for installing the new energy-efficient units.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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