Renovations

smallconstruction signTHE LATEST RENOVATION UPDATE

 

 

 

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The main room is ready for its transformation.

Get set for the journey to your new library space.

Click here to see more about Phase Two of the Renovations.

CRServiceDeskThursday, May 23, 2019

Look for a new location for the service and reference desk in the Children's Room. You'll be able to find help in the center of the room. The wall area toward the lobby had to be cleared to make way for a path to the main room. Plastic will be installed to create a temporary hallway. Most collections from that area have been moved to other Children's Room spots. Holiday books will be stored for the time being.

Tuesday May 21

While undergoing renovations, we have temporarily closed the book donation drop off.

Check here for a list of other libraries who accept donations.

We are also suspending prom dresses and sock donations.

Saturday, May 18

We're open with the versatile mini library working its wonders for patrons in the Carman Community Room.

Holds and BooksjThe Children's Room is welcoming families, too!

ChildrensRoomRemember that services in the mini library include:

Holds pick up and placement; Library reference services, including by phone;
Core collections, including Lucky Day, new and large print books and DVDs and CDs; MediaBank; Copier; Public computers and printer; Wifi; Notary; and Passport processing (appointment required). Faxing and credit card acceptance will be temporarily unavailable.

Friday, May 17

 

CCR FullThe mini library will be ready in the Carman Community Room with versatile services set up when the LPL reopens to patrons on Saturday, May 18. Remember that services available will include:

Holds pick up and placement; Library reference services, including by phone;
Core collections, including Lucky Day, new and large print books and DVDs and CDs; MediaBank; Copier; Public computers and printer; Wifi; Notary; and Passport processing (appointment required). Faxing and credit card acceptance will be temporarily unavailable during this time.

Click the video above to take a video tour of our mini library in the Carman Community Room.

Entrance to both the mini library in the CCR and the Children's Room will be through doors on Second Street.

Thursday, May 16

When the mini library opens in the Carman Community Room on Saturday, May 18, patron computer use will be assigned in 30-minute periods, with a 90-minute daily limit.

Wednesday, May 15

So you wondered what the start of the clearing of our main room looks like in speedway fashion? We rested a lens set to time lapse against a wall for 5 1/2 hours on Monday, May 13.

Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14

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Movers entered the main room with directions on what to do with what they found inside.

EmptyTuesdayBy Tuesday afternoon, they'd had their way with much of the main room contents.

Thursday, May 9

Here comes the most exciting phase of the transformation of your Liverpool Public Library. And the following step is on deck as well.

The LPL Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting of Wednesday, May 8 at the Liverpool Village Hall approved bids submitted for renovation of the main room and the Children’s Room.

Phase Two, as we’ve been calling the main room renovation designed by a team from Syracuse architect firm Ashley McGraw, is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 20.

To prepare, the library will be closed to patrons from Monday, May 13 to Friday, May 17. Movers have asked for ample space to empty furniture and collections from the main room, and say the closure will be best for the safety of all. We expect the LPL to reopen on Saturday, May 18, with a versatile mini library set up in the Carman Community Room.

“It is all very exciting, and I thank the community for their support and patience as we go through our transformation,” says LPL Director Glenna Wisniewski.

The Carman Community Room will feature all of the staffing and just about every service usually found in the main room.

The main room is expected to be completed about Sept. 13. The Children’s Room will remain open during that construction period. When the main room is done, work will start on the Children’s Room.

Payment will come from the LPL fund balance and securing grants, this project having no impact on taxpayers.

Surveys of patrons and staff members were conducted before the plans with Ashley McGraw began.

“Our collections will always be core to our services, but visitors are using our library differently than 30 years ago, the time of the last renovation,” Wisniewski says. “Our new renovation will provide more seating and quiet space, a room for creative, active learning as well as a central service center for information and circulation needs. Everything that that is done at the LPL is with the community in mind. Community conversations and surveys held throughout our strategic plan process focused on how the library can play a role in creating a welcoming, connected community.”

“The renovation maximizes the use of a somewhat limited space in a modern, vibrant and welcoming setting,” said LPL Board of Trustees Vice President Donald J. MacLaughlin. “It will provide technology-oriented space, a space that includes an area for computer stations, quiet group and individual study rooms, and open spaces for teens and adults to gather.”

Said LPL Board President Dorianne Gutierrez: “The renovation represents the library’s position as home for all members of the community. It will provide the physical and informational space that we need today, things that a library can uniquely provide.”

Patrons will be well served in the interim.

Services available will include:

Holds pick up and placement; Library reference services, including by phone;
Core collections, including Lucky Day, new and large print books and DVDs and CDs; MediaBank; Copier; Public computers and printer; Wifi; Notary; and Passport processing (appointment required). Faxing and credit card acceptance will be temporarily unavailable during this time.
The summer reading clubs for children, teens and adults will begin on June 27.

LCSD summer reading lists will be posted.

The Dinosaur Garden Lawn will be available.

Library hours will remain the same as usual after May 17 and during the renovations.

Updates will be posted here. Find our calendar of events here.

MediaBank has been moved into the Carman Community Room so it will be ready for patron use when the mini library opens there on Saturday, May 18. For the rest of this week, patrons can peruse the many media stocked on our shelves in the main room. Neighboring Nichols also has a Red Box up front that carries many of the titles in MediaBank.

Wednesday, May 8

In anticipation of the library closing to patrons from Monday, May 13 to Friday, May 17 so movers can clear the main room, the snack machines have been removed. The water for the coffee machine also will be turned off later this week.

Tuesday, May 7

Your holds will be extended if the LPL is closed as anticipated from Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17. However, you could still change the location of your drop-off library if the item is not yet in transit. Check your account here or ask for help at our customer service or reference desks.

The Second Street and garage book drops will be available and checked regularly that week. However, grace days for overdue books will be increased and fines will not accrue during the closed week. Patrons can keep books until the library reopens on Saturday, May 18, return them to the book drop or bring them back to a neighboring OCPL library.

Monday, May 6

The public elevator has reopened. After rising from the parking garage, enter the library through the Teen Room.

We’re anticipating that the library will be closed to patrons from Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17 for a step up in the renovation process.

Don’t fret. A moving company will do all the heavy lifting.

Movers need the space to pack up the thousands of books and media and remove the shelving and desks from the main room so the exciting transformation can start on Monday, May 20.

We’d then reopen on Saturday, May 18, with a versatile mini library set up in the Carman Community Room.

Services available in the CCR would include:

Holds pick up and placement

Library reference services, including by phone

Core collections, including Lucky Day, new and large print books and DVDs and CDs

MediaBank

Copier

Public computers and printer

Wifi

Notary

Passport processing (appointment required)

Summer reading clubs for children, teens and adults

LCSD summer reading lists

There will not be fax machines or credit card payments available.

Library hours would remain the same.

The Children’s Room and Dinosaur Garden Lawn would remain open during the main room renovation process.

Our website LPL.org is always available.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Tulip St book drop is closed. Please use the Second St book drop or the garage book drop.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bids are being accepted for the Phase Two Renovations until 10 a.m. on May 2, 2019.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Beginning on Monday, April 22...

Renovations to the main lobby are starting. The first step is minor asbestos abatement in the lobby restrooms that is scheduled to take 10 days. While this is being done, the lobby will be closed off and access to the library will be through the Children's Room door on Second Street.

The restrooms in the lobby and the lobby will remain closed until renovations are completed in early June. The family restroom in the Children's Room is now fully renovated and open.

The Tulip Street entrance currently remains closed due to concrete issues found during the vestibule renovation. The book drop is still open.

The elevator/garage entry remains closed. Once the abatement is completed, the concrete will be repaired and the garage entrance and Tulip Street entrance will reopen. Access to the library will be via the Teen Room from the vestibule because the lobby will be closed.

Restrooms available will be the family restroom in the Children's Room.  There is also a portajohn available in the garage.

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The Second Street entrance is now open.  
The basement elevator and the Tulip Street entrance will be unavailable. Accessible parking is available on Second Street and Tulip Street.

 The new interior renovation of the family restroom in the Children's Room is complete and reopened. 

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Library Board of Trustees Meetings (2nd Wednesday of each month) have been moved to the Village of Liverpool Village Hall, 310 Sycamore Street during construction (April-August).

 

RENOVATION OVERVIEW

The next several months will bring exciting changes to the Liverpool Public Library. The interior will be renovated in two phases to better serve you. The project began March 4.

 

PHASE ONE: Public Restrooms and Lobby

This phase includes the renovation of all public restrooms and the lobby area, as part of the Liverpool Central School District’s Long Range Facilities Plan. The men’s, women’s and Children’s Room restrooms will be upgraded to full handicapped accessibility, making them ADA compliant. Some asbestos removal will be conducted, according to regulations; signs will be posted accordingly. (Small amounts from under the flooring, and behind some wall tiles.)

Will the library remain open?

Yes. The Children’s Room will be closed for about one week at the beginning of the project, then be fully accessible during the remainder of the project. During the Children’s Room temporary closure, a select collection of children’s materials will be available to check-out. COMPLETED

The Second Street book drop will be closed. A free-standing book drop will take its place.COMPLETED

The lobby book sale will move inside the library main room.COMPLETED

Sargent Meeting Room and small meeting rooms will remain available. Carman Community Room is not available.

Will there be restrooms available?

Adult restrooms will be open during children’s restroom renovation.COMPLETED

Children’s restroom and portable toilets located in the garage will be available during lobby renovation.

How will I get into the Library?

All entrances will be open during the children’s restroom construction.COMPLETED

During lobby renovation, patrons can enter via Second Street Children’s Room entrance or via the Public elevator (patrons will be directed through the teen room)DUE TO CONCRETE ISSUES IN THE VESTIBULE, THE GARAGE ELEVATOR ENTRANCE CURRENTLY IS NOT AVAILABLE.

The garage will remain open for parking. 

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PHASE TWO

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