Libraries throughout the Capital Region will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in aid through the state budget, mostly for improvements and renovations.
“These grants will help make our libraries more accessible for people with disabilities, more energy-efficient and more inviting for everyone,” state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, said in a statement last week.
“Libraries are a place of lifelong learning that are available to everyone,” Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, said in his own statement. “These funds will help improve the buildings that house vital information and allow organizations to keep up with the demands of their users — whether it is installing climate control systems so books do not deteriorate, improving entrances for people with disabilities or increasing space due to growing demands.”
The grants are supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2014-15 state budget.
The Amsterdam Public Library plans to use its $42,188 grant to replace a 56-year-old boiler.
In Canajoharie, $25,238 will help to restore doors and replace windows.
In Fort Plain, $116,012 will pay to repair damage from recent flooding.
Gloversville Public Library will use $36,012 for a parking lot expansion and upgrades to improve accessibility.
The Galway Public Library will get $77,625 to purchase vacant land for a new building to allow for expansion.
The Schenectady County Library was awarded $136,924 for improvements to HVAC, electrical and sprinkler systems, as well as plumbing.
The Berne Public Library will get $102,988 for interior renovations including electrical equipment, plumbing, ceiling, walls, and windows.