Kirkland Library receives funding for exterior upgrades

Published Aug 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

CLINTON — Kirkland Town Library has been allocated $18,300 in state aid for library construction funds. The funds will enable the library to complete the restoration of exterior stone brick and masonry. 

“Libraries across my district continuously report increased patronage,” Sen. Valesky, D-Oneida, said. “I am pleased to be able to support this grant funding to help the library with building upgrades and improved services to meet community needs.” 

Sen. Valesky is a long-time supporter of libraries and serves as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries. 

New York’s public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading.

A recent survey showed a documented need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling more than $1.7 billion. More than 51 percent of the more than 1,000 public library buildings in communities across New York are over 60 years old. Another 33 percent are more than three decades old. Many of New York’s local public libraries are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient, and cannot provide Internet and computer and other electronic technologies to users because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring. Many do not have sufficient space to house the library’s expanding collection, address the need for adequate meeting room, or provide for public access computers. 

Project activities and expenditures eligible for grants from the State Aid for Library Construction Program include financing construction of new library buildings, construction of additions to existing buildings, and the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space. Projects may include roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources, new HVAC systems, windows, doors, lighting systems, electrical upgrades, and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots.

New furniture, shelving and equipment, including computer equipment, may be purchased for new or newly reconfigured or renovated space. Renovations designed to provide accessibility for patrons with disabilities are a high priority.