Library Building Project Updates
The physical library building will close in July and August in order for the parking lot reconstruction and reconfiguration to take place, along with all interior and exterior demolition. This closure prioritizes patron and staff safety while maximizing construction progress and cost savings.
Public bids were due June 3. The Board of Trustees will award bids to the lowest responsible bidders, and construction will take between 15-18 months. Barring unexpected developments, your new community library will be completed by the fall of 2022.
Some of our new features include:
• Solar roof panels
• A 525 SF quiet study room on the main floor
• Reconfigured parking lot with additional spots created and a safer entrance and exit pattern
• A new 1,700 SF multi-use space on the main floor for adult program use during the morning hours and a switch in the afternoon to accommodate our teen population
• Three new community meeting rooms, including a technology learning lab
• Sustainable building elements such as smart lighting systems, energy star rated equipment, energy efficient new windows in the lower courtyard area, and other sustainable design features
• New solar lights in the “green” parking lot and electric vehicle charging stations in the main lot
• Office space for library administration in the main building
• Fully renovated interior spaces that will offer additional comfortable seating arrangements, a new public computer area, and a better work flow to the existing space
• ADA accessible bathrooms on the main and lower levels, including an ADA bathroom in the new multi-use space
• ADA elevator to replace the 51 year old original, non ADA compliant elevator
The building will reopen in September, utilizing the existing children’s department as “express library” space while work continues in the building. The express library will have computers for public use, fax/scanner and copy machines, as well as a circulating collection of materials. Staff will be working this summer at pop-up library events, and off-site locations such as the Moose Lodge, and the Rainbow Center. Staff will also be working at the Kellum building and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System to re-catalog and tag over 125,000 physical items with radio frequency identification tags (RFID). We will have procedures in place to still loan out WiFi hotspots, Chromebooks, and Museum Passes throughout the summer to patrons.
Our plans were officially approved by New York State, and a building permit was issued. Staff are preparing the building site to become an active construction zone this summer! It is anticipated that bids will be awarded at the beginning of June, with physical construction to commence in July.
A complete inventory of the collection has been completed by our staff. This allowed us to clean up the library’s catalog and ensure that our records are up-to-date before staff begin packing the collection. Customer Service staff were trained to add a radio frequency identification (RFID) system to the entire collection. This will take place while the majority of materials are in storage during construction, allowing us to tag and update our holdings so it doesn’t have to be done after the physical building project is complete.
The Board of Trustees and Library Administration are working with local organizations, the Village and Babylon Town, to secure spaces to host outdoor programs and some library services this summer. For example, our popular summer concert series is returning on Tuesday evenings, and will be held at the Village Gazebo in partnership with the Village of Lindenhurst.
It’s a wrap! Our building plans were officially submitted in November, and we anticipate approval on both the roof solar panels (a separate project not in the bond, but covered by a 50% match in a NYS Public Library Construction Grant, and the balance from capital funds) and the building renovation and expansion sometime in late January, early February. The attached rendering shows what the new façade of the building will look like – with the final placement and size of building signage still to come.
What you will start to notice within the building is books that are not circulating often, being moved into storage to make way for work to begin in the late spring. There is a lot of behind the scenes organizing and cleaning out of non-public spaces that needs to occur before construction begins! The Library will be phasing in construction work to concentrated zones, so that parts of the building remain accessible throughout the project to the public. Updates on what this will look like will be coming shortly, once we finalize where the first landing point for public and staff within the building will be for that first phase of construction.
The building renovation and project is really starting to take shape – on paper! Our architects are finalizing design and engineering plans with staff input, to send to Albany for SED approval. In the meantime, environmental testing, engineering work, and more is continuing behind the scenes. Physical construction is scheduled to begin in late Spring of 2021. Our Director, Lisa Kropp, is always available to talk with patrons about the building project and library services. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 631-957-7759 ext 130.
A new year means we are getting closer to a newly renovated library! Behind the scenes work has begun. A complete survey of the property was completed, along with test borings and geotechnical services to prepare for the planned site alterations. Staff are busy inside the building too – assessing collections to make sure our materials are in good shape, up-to-date, and to also begin the process of identifying what can go into storage when physical construction begins, and what we need on hand for our patron’s ease of access to materials. We are identifying sites where we can offer programs down the road, so there is as little disruption to library services as possible.
Design development and building plans are being worked on with our architects and construction management, in order to finalize them and send plans to the NYS Department of Education for approval. SED approval takes many months, which is why you won’t see many physical changes to the existing site for most of this year.
Our Director, Lisa Kropp, is always available to talk with patrons about the building project and library services. She can be reached at email@example.com or by calling 631-957-7759.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When will work begin?
A. As a school district public library, the building project falls under NYS Education Department review, which can be a lengthy process. Actual construction is not slated to start until early 2021.
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