Library Readies For Newly Renovated Home To Open

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OSWEGO, NY – Construction and renovation of the Oswego Public Library Building at 120 E. Second St. is almost complete, and plans to move the library’s collection and equipment from its temporary location a few blocks away will begin next week.

The Oswego Public Library Renovation and Expansion Project is nearing completion. The exterior painting of the building (shown) is being finalized, and the library will begin to transition out of its temporary location starting at 5 p.m. May 23.While the moving of books, shelving, computers and more takes place, the temporary library will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on May 23.

“This is a Herculean task to move more than 53,000 books, dozens of computers, desks and other pieces of furniture and equipment,” said Oswego Public Library Director Carol Ferlito. “We appreciate the patience and understanding of our patrons while we complete this move and hope to be open at our expanded and renovated building as soon as possible.”

A book return bin will be available at the temporary location while the library is closed.

The bin will be moved to 120 E. Second St. at some point during the closure.

Although no fines will be assessed during the closure, patrons are urged to return their items on time and utilize services at all North Country Library system facilities including Fulton, Pulaski, Mexico, Hannibal, Parish and other regional libraries.

“Our patrons can return their books and borrow from any library that is part of the North Country Library system,” Ferlito said. “A list of those participating libraries is available by visiting”

The library renovation and expansion project has taken several years.

The newly renovated building will add more than 14,000 square feet of space to the library.

The project has stabilized and created a support structure for the historic building.

It also doubled the space of the children’s room by moving it from the lower level to the top ?oor, added a community meeting room, increased facilities such as restrooms, improved accessibility to all ?oors including the installation of an elevator, increased book stack space, added more computer stations and updated network technology.

It also created a Young Adult area, provided private/quiet areas for tutoring students, provided for rotating art exhibits, offered a local history/genealogy room, and more.

Space for library services has almost doubled with the completion of this building project.

“We understand that the closure of the library will inconvenience our regular patrons but we are in the homestretch now and will soon have a library building with room for growth, expansion of services and space for community groups and organizations to meet,” said Library Board President Mary Shanley. “The hard work of staff, the board, the capital campaign team, and other members of the community will soon pay off when the library opens to the public.”

One of the newly added features of the new building will be the community room.

The room will be used to provide community space for local groups and organizations with the shared goals of providing education, increased literacy opportunities, and family-oriented activities to the area.

All décor within the newly renovated building includes selections that were made in keeping with the historical preservation of the building, as well as taking into consideration material durability, use, and quality, color and design continuity.

Other factors included maintenance particularly for special use areas such as entranceways and restrooms.

“Every detail inside and outside of the building has been carefully considered,” Shanley said. “We are eager to open the facility as soon as possible.”

For more information concerning the Oswego Public Library, call (315) 341-5867 or visit