Tompkins County Public Library receives $ 15,092 in state aid | Ithaca


Assembly Member Anna Kelles announced that the Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) has received $ 15,092.00 in state assistance for library building funds. The funds will cover the cost of TCPL replacing the single automatic doors in the main interior lobby with two separate entry and exit doors, an update designed to help the library improve COVID-19 security protocols.

“Libraries have served as a lifeline for our communities during the COVID-19 crisis, as places of learning as well as children’s development, social connection and civic engagement,” Kelles said. “I was proud that we were able to fight to reinstate the cuts to library funding in this year’s budget, providing essential capital funds for building public libraries and helping libraries. I will continue to fight to increase funding for our local libraries and library services.

“We greatly appreciate the financial support Anna Kelles helped us receive to better outrun and protect our customers as they entered and left our library during difficult times of COVID and beyond,” said librarian Sarah O’Shea. “The new door construction is safer and much more functional for our building. “

The funds come from $ 14 million in investment funds for the construction of public libraries and broadband infrastructure projects provided for in the 2020-2021 state budget.

New York’s public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and modernization. A recent survey showed a documented need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling over $ 1.5 billion. More than half of the more than 1,000 public library buildings in New York City communities are over 60 years old. Another third is over three decades old. Many local New York public libraries are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient, cannot provide internet, computers and other electronic technologies to users due to outdated and inadequate electrical wiring . Many do not have enough space to house the library’s expanding collection, meet the need for an adequate meeting room, or provide computers for public access.

Project activities and expenditure eligible for funding from the State Aid for Library Construction Program include funding for the construction of new library buildings, the construction of extensions to existing buildings and the renovation and / or renovation. rehabilitation of existing spaces. 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 sidewalks and parking lots. Broadband infrastructure projects are also eligible. New furniture, shelving and equipment, including computer hardware, can be purchased for new or newly reconfigured or refurbished spaces. Renovations designed to provide accessibility to customers with disabilities are a high priority.


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