The library will be closed Monday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day.

Building Upgrades

Elevator Installation – April thru June 2022

The project is expected to be complete in the middle of June.

Technically a vertical platform lift, the elevator will provide access to the second floor for wheelchairs, strollers and those with mobility or health issues that make climbing our long flight of stairs difficult. It will be surrounded by a custom-designed wood and glass enclosure to blend in with the historic ambiance of the building.

This project is funded in part by a New York State Library Construction Grant with support from the Columbian Foundation, Emerson Foundation and private donors.

Interior Lighting Upgrades – Spring/Summer 2022

The lights within the building will be replaced with more efficient fixtures that will better suit the space’s high ceilings and historic character.

This project is funded in part by a New York State Library Construction Grant.

New Front Steps – Completed Summer 2021

The front steps and ramp were replaced. The new steps were updated to meet code requirements, designed to be more historically appropriate and allow for better access to the building for those with mobility issues.

This project is funded in part by a New York State Library Construction Grant.

Chimney Repointing & Restoration – Completed Fall 2021

Restoring and repointing the library’s three chimneys will prevent further water damage to interior walls (completed November 2021). After this project is completed, the walls will be repaired and painted (planned for April 2022 in conjunction with the elevator project).

This project is funded in part by a New York State Library Construction Grant.


Have questions? Want to share a great idea? Contact the Skaneateles Library Board of Trustees at feedback@skanlibrary.org.


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