LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Renovations are underway on the Liverpool Library’s main room, part of a larger three-phase project expected to finish in December 2019.
When finished the main room will include three study spaces, a new conference area, cafe seating, a “Maker Space” for artists, new computers and many other new amenities.
- Phase 1: ADA bathrooms and lobby improvements (completed)
- Phase 2: Main room renovation projected completion (in-progress, projected completion September 30
- Phase 3: Children’s room renovation projected (projected completion December 30)
“It’s been 30 plus years since the library has significantly changed so that 1980s vibe we used to have will be gone, but I think people are looking forward to what lies ahead,” said Assistant Director, Susan Reckhow.
During construction, the library will remain fully functional although with slightly scaled down services. A “Mini-Library” has been set up for people to check out books, access reference services, use the free WiFi, make copies and access a public computer.
Notary and passport processing services are also unaffected.
“I think at first people were like why are you messing with the library, but once we showed them photos and plans of what the new space is going to look like people are very excited,” said Library Director, Glenna Wisniewski.
The goal of the project is to make each space more community focused and encourage people to return to their local library.