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New Hyde Park Illustrated News - Schools

Information Bookmark No. 8

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. 


Library Renovation Update


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. 


How Are You Protected? 


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

Building Advisory Committee with any questions or to arrange for a group presentation, by emailing them at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Nov. 19 referendum is open to all registered Great Neck School District residents. Be current, stay informed, sign up for email updates at any library service desk or use the “Sign-Up Here” for Library Updates link at the library website: If you have any questions, call or email Interim Library Director Laura Weir at 516-466-8055 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and she will give you answers, or find out the answers for you.