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If you have not already done so, please complete a very brief online survey regarding public library construction needs by August 31. The survey can be found here.
The results of this national construction survey will help to document the need for new federal funding for public library construction and major renovation. It has been more than 20 years since national data about public library construction needs has been collected and more than 10 years since federal funds were available to local public libraries for construction and renovation. More than half of New York State’s public library buildings are over 60 years old. Many buildings need to be replaced and many others require major renovations or additions. New York State’s public libraries and neighborhood branches have a documented $1.7 billion need for construction and renovation over the next five years and many libraries would greatly benefit from new federal assistance.

Please note that, for the purpose of this survey, the definition of “renovation” is more restrictive than as defined under the New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program. The definition does not include the replacement of existing windows, doors, or roofs. Nor does it allow for expansion of parking lots or replacement of sidewalks. It does, however, include major upgrading or replacement of mechanical systems – HVAC, electrical, and plumbing – and lighting systems, the installation of elevators and ramps for physical accessibility, interior reconstruction, and major restoration of the exteriors of library buildings.

This national survey was developed by staff at the New Jersey State Library with input from all 50 State library agencies, the American Library Association and others. If you have questions about the online survey or need further assistance, please contact your public library system or contact Grace Kelly, Public Library Construction Program Manager, at the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development at

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