Renovations at one Tucson library are wrapping up, while work at another is gearing up.

The newly expanded and renovated Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library, 4350 E. 22nd St., likely will reopen at the end of May, Deputy Library Director Pat Corella said at a Library Board meeting earlier this month.

Changes include a new layout, more computers, a cybercafe, a reading lounge and more meeting spaces.

The next branch to get a makeover is the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave., which will get more computers and checkout stations and new seating to replace the tables in the quiet area and the children's area.

During renovations from April 29 to July 30, the Himmel Park Library will be open during regular hours, but the meeting room will be closed, according to a library news release.

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The Himmel Park Library, which opened in 1961, was the first library branch in the city of Tucson. The Pima County Public Library system now has 27 locations.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at or 573-4346. On Twitter @BeckyPallack.