Written by Illustrated News staff Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Library has been producing a series of bookmarks to keep the public informed about proposed renovation of the main library, prior to a public referendum on the plans on Nov. 19.
Bookmark No. 8 presents a discussion and rendering of how the new library might look, as well as updates on the project. Look for the entire series of bookmarks as they become available at all Great Neck Library locations.
Over the last 18 months the BAC and the Board of Trustees (BOT) has focused on libraries of the future, by attending conferences, reading professional articles, reviewing newspaper opinions and researching articles on the internet. Using this information and engaging in active discussions, six plans were presented by our architect and critiqued by the BAC and BOT.
The cost to taxpayers is approximately $4.50-$5.00 per $100,000 of assessed value. The project includes upgrades of lighting, increased natural light, energy-efficient windows, elevator replacement, updates to heating, air conditioning,
ventilation, wiring, electronic communications, a new roof and money saving maintenance costs. Other improvements include flexible space for changing need, many multi-purpose spaces, additional quiet study areas, more computer and patron reading spaces and open pond views.
The Building Advisory Committee, with formal approval from the board of trustees, is continuing to meet regularly to discuss the renovation process for the main library. The group determined that an owners’ representative would better facilitate, enhance and supervise the renovation and its attendant costs.
Seven firms replied and were interviewed at length. Calgi Construction Management of White Plains was selected.
The relocation committee, composed of community volunteers, staff and Trustees, is meeting to ensure that residents will be able to continue to access library services during the closure of the main library. To do this, they are exploring options for a temporary, convenient place to pick up and return materials, extending branch hours, finding alternate space for scheduled children’s and adult programs, providing continuity and comfort for levels, maintaining our computer and phone networks.
The Building Advisory Committee and board oft trustees are available to speak at local community, civic, religious and school meetings to explain the reasons for the main library renovation and to distribute information. Please contact the