The final stage of the Drake Public Library Renovation began in March of 2008. Prior to this, the library’s dome was restored, the building’s foundation was shored up, the handicap entrance was reconfigured to make it more user friendly, and the brick was tuckpointed.
This final renovation includes a new heating and cooling system for the entire building, an interior paint job, carpeting and new shelving for the children’s section and the adult section. The library board wanted to move all of the books to the main floor of the library. This meant that the mysteries, biographies, and romance books all moved from the second floor to the south reading room on the main floor. The science fiction collection, western books, and the audiovisual collections were moved into this room as well. The library director received a new office in this room also. The computer lab was moved on the main floor and a new computer lab for youth was created in the basement. The periodicals have been relocated into a smaller space. Stop by and view all of the improvements.Drake is a duck billboard which recognizes the historical relationship between former Governor Francis Drake and Centerville. Francis Drake, a Centerville native, had a successful career as a lieutenant colonel, governor, businessman, banker, lawyer, railroad builder and founder of Drake University. The Drake billboards highlight interesting places to visit and display local history that connect the community to world events. At each Drake location, there are maps pointing out all of the places Drake can be found.