Dates for library move set for April

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Public Library will be opening at its temporary location at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth on April 24.

According to a post on the library’s Facebook page, the library will be closed for two weeks starting on April 10.

During this time, the library will pack up a majority of its collection and move to the CRG building at 34 W. Fulton St.

The library will be undergoing a total renovation of its historic Carnegie-funded building at 58 E. Fulton St.

Changes at the library will include an expanded children’s library in the basement, new meeting rooms, additional niches for reading, installation of air conditioning, and new handicapped accessibility including an elevator.

Library Director Barbara Madonna has said the CRG space needed to be brought up to code for public spaces. This included installing sprinklers, adding handicap accessible doors and updating the fire alarm system. In addition, there had to be an accessible fire door between the library space and CRG space to ensure a separation between the two areas.

Patrons will be able to enter either through the front of the CRG on West Fulton Street, which is handicap accessible, or through a back door by the parking lot off of North Arlington Avenue. Carpeting was put down over the epoxy floors and the entire space was painted to make it ready for library patrons.

During the library’s closure, the Johnstown, Amsterdam and Northville libraries will be available to assist patrons. In addition, e-books and e-audiobooks will still be available through the Overdrive system along with emagazines through Zinio.

The library will begin a campaign to alert patrons to the move including ads in local media and notes on the bottom of library receipts.

The current plan would see the library stay at the CRG for 18 to 24 months

Kerry Minor can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com.

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