Why might the library need a new, larger building? Can’t you just add an elevator and/or an addition to the current one?

The library has needed additional space to fulfill its role in the community for decades. It was built in 1890 for a smaller population and at a time when libraries were used very differently than today. The existing spaces are too small, inaccessible for some patrons and inflexible to meet the needs of our 9,000 taxpaying residents. While an elevator would make the 2nd floor accessible, it will not address the multitude of additional issues such as narrow aisles, too high/low shelving, inaccessible restrooms, insufficient collection space, limited parking, lack of meeting/study/work spaces (before, during and after library hours) and inadequate and precarious storage.

We want to right-size the library to meet our community’s current and future needs in an accessible, flexible space. Use of our library has continued to grow every year, both in the number of people attending programs and people checking out all types of books and other materials. Libraries are places for people to meet, work and study – as well as places to get books to be informed and entertained!

Our library building and the collection are too small to adequately serve a community our size – for kids and adults. We are much smaller than similar communities like Marcellus and Cazenovia.