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Scarsdale Library Preparing for Move to Library Loft

Library 2The time has come …. having raised the requisite amount of funding, the renovation of the Scarsdale Public Library on Olmstead Road is soon to begin! The library will move its operations to Library Loft at Supply Field, the temporary facility that will house library services while the Olmsted Road library is closed for renovation.

The Children’s Room will close for packing, starting Monday, June 18 and then the entire Olmsted Road building will close to patrons beginning Sunday, June 24. Library Loft at Supply Field will open on July 5. Some services and programs will continue at the smaller space, with hours reduced at times to accommodate parking for field users. Some programs will be held at other sites.

“The best way for our users to keep track of hours and programs is via our website, scarsdalelibrary.org, the e-newsletter and local media,” said Elizabeth Bermel, library director. “We urge all users to check the website periodically and sign up for newsletter alerts. Registration for the alerts can be found at the bottom of the website home page.”

Library Loft will have a children’s room; a reference section; Wi-fi; three public computers, a scanner and copy machine; new books, audiobooks and DVDs; magazines and newspapers. Seating will be limited. To prepare Scarsdale’s youngest library-goers for the move, the library made a children’s book that covers the 93-year history of the library. The book is titled Fly Through Time, and can be picked up at the Scarsdale Library or viewed online by clicking here.Library 1Local Libraries

Cardholders can use the other libraries of the Westchester Library System including to return books borrowed from Library Loft. Books may be reserved online, over the phone or in person from other libraries and picked up at Library Loft. A list and location of the nearest libraries is available on the website. There is also information on programs for all ages that will continue.

The move is necessary while the current library undergoes a major transformation made possible by funding by the Village of Scarsdale and generous donations of Scarsdale residents.

“We are thrilled and grateful to the many committed stakeholders and to the community for helping get us to the brink of construction,” said Diane Greenwald, Library Board President. “The library staff is working to make this transition as smooth and safe as possible, but patrons may experience some inconvenience during the next few hectic weeks. We appreciate your patience during this busy transition.”

Library 4Click the Picture to Watch a YouTube Video About the Project!Other projects are on the horizon to help minimize disruption during the closure of the main library.

The Friends of the Library plans to expand the homebound delivery service to bring materials to residents who have difficulty getting to the library.Library 3Rendering of the New Scarsdale Library

 

The website is being redesigned to become a virtual library, with many online resources readily available for children and adults.

The Library Loft renovations were supported by a $500,000 state grant secured by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin. The updated facility will be available for use by the Village after Library Loft. Learn more here: scarsdalelibrary.org

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