Why Is the Library being remodeled?

The last remodeling of the library happened in the early 1980s ... hard to believe but more than 30 years ago! Patrons are using the space differently than they were back then. The updated design is based on community conversations, surveys and staff/patron input. We listened to what the library patrons wanted: more seating, quiet study space and a room or space for creative activity — all while maintaining the integrity of the collections.

How long will the renovation take?

The restroom and lobby renovations will begin March 4. The anticipated completion will be mid to late May. The main floor project is expected to begin on or about April 29 and be completed by August.

What does the renovation cost?

The Liverpool Central School District (LCSD), which owns the building, has included the cost of the restroom ADA renovation and lobby renovation in their Capital Improvement Plan. The LPL board has budgeted $900,000 for the Main Floor Renovation.

Who is responsible for the construction?

LCSD is handling the restroom renovations. The design firm of Ashley McGraw Architects has done the designs. The contracting firm for the main floor will go out to bid.

How will the Library pay for the project?

The School District included the costs of the restroom renovations in their budget. The main floor renovation will come from the library fund balance, as well as some grants.

Will we be assessed higher taxes to pay for the renovation?

No. This renovation project will have no impact on library tax rates.

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, the goal is to have the Children’s Room open during much of the project and some essential adult and teen services available in the Carman Community Room.

What about holds and pickups?

Hold pickups will be available in the Carman Community Room.

Will the computers/technology be available?

Yes, we hope to 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.