Assemblyman Will Barclay announced that the Baldwinsville and Phoenix public libraries will receive Public Library Construction grants.
The Baldwinsville library is receiving over $6,600 to complete energy-saving renovations, while the Phoenix Library is getting more than $12,500 to repair its roof and enact energy-saving measures.
“Our libraries provide access to vital information for the public, as well as host programs offering culturally enriching opportunities,” said Barclay. “These construction grants will greatly assist in providing the crucial infrastructure repairs our libraries need to continue serving our communities.”
More than 40 percent of library buildings across New York are over 60 years old and another 30 percent are more than three decades old.
Many of the state’s libraries are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient, cannot provide Internet and computer and other electronic technologies to users because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring and do not have sufficient space to house the library’s expanding collection.
The Public Library Construction Grant Program is a $14 million capital-fund appropriation in the 2012 state budget for the construction and renovation of public libraries and library systems across New York State to address these issues.
For more information, please visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/info/14m_asy.htm#a120