The Gattis-Logan County Library in Paris will re-open Thursday after undergoing a $248,476 renovation.

The renovation work began in July.

According to Lynn Wright, chairperson of the library’s board, patrons will get a sense of greater space.

"It looks roomy," she said last week. "It looks like we’ve added square footage, but we haven’t."

The work included a new ceiling, new flooring, painting, updating the heating and air conditioning system, moving computers into the existing genealogy and reference room, new furniture, a new circulation desk, a new magazine rack, new caulking around existing windows, making the existing foyer more energy efficient and other work.

There is also a new, free-standing book deposit and some new shelving.

Bids for the work were advertised in November, 2012 and Milestone Construction Company of Springdale was the only bidder.

The new shelving, Wright said, is more "efficient and handicapped accessible."

The work marks the most extensive renovation of the building since a 2,070-square-foot expansion was completed in 2004. The expansion houses the library’s children’s literature collection.

"We’re going to have an open house soon," Wright said.