The George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul will close for two to three months this fall for renovation work, library officials said Thursday.

The renovation project, which begins Oct. 5 and is funded with donations raised by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, will include improvements in the public service and circulation areas, installation of a new workforce and innovation center, and new spaces for meetings, studying and teaching.

While the library is closed, some of its collections will be available either through online requests or at other locations.

The library's nonfiction collection won't be directly accessible from Sept. 14 through Sept. 27, but requests may be made online or at the library.

Classes and programs typically held at the Central Library will be moved to the branch libraries.

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