Why Is the Library being remodeled?
The last remodeling of the library happened in the early 1980s -- 35 years ago. Based on community conversations, patron surveys and staff input we worked with the architects to design a library our community is asking for and deserves.
What will be different in the renovated library?
In addition to new paint and carpeting, the new library space will include:
- A consolidated service desk for reference and circulation to streamline customer service
- More seating for groups and individual visits
- Improved quiet space with additional study rooms
- Expanded collaborative meeting space with smart board technology
- Flex use room for creative learning and classes
- Dedicated teen space
- Lower shelving for easier access to our collection, with more natural light
- Improved lighting
- New ADA-compliant bathrooms, including a family bathroom
When will the work be done?
There are three phases of the project:
Phase One: ADA bathrooms and lobby improvements (part of the LCSD capital improvement project) projected to be completed by June 30.
Phase Two: Main room renovation projected to be completed by September 30.
Phase Three: The Children's Room is expected to begin in the fall after main room is done and completed by Dec. 30.
How is the project being paid for?
Phase One is a part of a capital improvement project by the Liverpool Central School District. Our library is a school district public library. LCDS owns the building. Phases Two and Three are being paid for through the library fund balance, grants and donations. No additional tax dollars are needed.
Who is doing the work?
The library staff worked with Ashley McGraw Architects to plan the space.
C&S Companies is the general contractor.
Huen Inc will do the electrical upgrades.
Airside will do the mechanical upgrades.
Will the Library stay open regular hours?
We hope that the library will stay open regular hours during the bulk of the project. We will let the public know with as much notice as possible if hours will change.
Will the Library lose/gain space for books?
Much time was put into maintaining the integrity of the library collection while creating the much-needed study and quiet areas.
Will it be noisy and dusty?
Sometimes. Areas of active construction will not be accessible to the staff or public.
Will the parking be affected?
Perhaps a space or two in the library garage temporarily, but street parking will not be affected.
Will I be able to check out books?
Yes, books are available in the Carman Community Room and Children’s Room during Phase Two.
What about holds and pickups?
Hold pickups will be available in the Carman Community Room.
Will the computers/technology be available?
Yes, we have some computers available.
Will all programming be offsite?
During the main floor renovation, the staff has scheduled most of our programs to continue out in the community or in our pavilion/garden, weather permitting. Check our website event calendar.
Can I reserve a meeting room? Are the study rooms open during construction?
During the bathroom and lobby renovations the Sargent Meeting Room and small study rooms will be available. The Carman Community Room availability will vary.
During the phase two renovation of the main floor the meeting rooms will not be available.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact Director Glenna Wisniewski at 315-457-0310 x 101 or Assistant Director Susan Reckhow at 315-457-0310 x110.