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Galway Library buys land for new building

Galway Library buys land for new building

The Galway Public Library has purchased a 13.6-acre site in the village of Galway for future constru

The Galway Public Library has purchased a 13.6-acre site in the village of Galway for future construction of a new library building to replace the one that proponents of the project say is becoming too small.

The land, which the library already held an option on, was purchased from David and Katherine Michalski for $103,500. Library trustees hope to be able to move forward with construction within the next five years.

The trustees are working with Butler Rowland Mays Architects of Ballston Spa, with the next phase of investigation expected to include preliminary design and cost estimates, said Library Director Regina Doi.

The Dockstader Charitable Trust provided $75,000 of the funding needed for the land, while donor-designated capital funds provided the remaining $28,500.

Construction of a new library will provide new space for improved access to collections, programs, technology services, community meeting space and parking, as well as handicap accessibility, library officials have said.

The library, which was founded in 1998, currently occupies a 1,800-square-foot former Odd Fellows hall on North Street in the village.

“With 32,000 items, we’re quite cramped,” Doi said.

Doi said supporters of a new library would like to see a 3,000- to 5,000-square-foot building built.

The land the library is buying is on East Street, across from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, just east of the village center.

The Dockstader Trust, established by Galway village residents Clayton “Dock” Dockstader and his wife, Katherine Flickinger, has funded a number of Galway community projects in recent years. Clayton Dockstader died in 2007, his wife in 1995.

The library’s service area covers the Galway School District, serving residents of West Charlton, Providence and small parts of Amsterdam and Perth, as well as Galway itself. The district has about 7,000 residents.

The library has 2,248 registered patrons, and average monthly circulation of around 3,000 items, according to Doi.

The Galway Public Library is open six days a week, for a total of 35 hours.

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