Renovation Plan

This coming year, the Pearl River Library must launch a critical campaign to keep the library open. We will need a bond issue of $10 million to fund necessary infrastructure if we are to keep operating. This bond will allow us to renovate or replace such essential operational items as heating, air conditioning, plumbing, the roof, the windows, and the foundation.  These vital renovations and replacements will also allow us to stop spending money, annually, on a rental air conditioner and ongoing stop-gap repairs to outdated systems.

In addition to the required work outlined above, based on our months of input from library users and community members, we have identified seven additional renovation projects that are key to improved library operations in the future: Adult/Teen Browsing Area, Children's Room, Community Room, Check Out Desk/Lobby/Entrance, Learning Lab, Meeting Rooms, Restrooms. The total cost for all of these additional projects combined is $9 million. The Board recognizes that we will not be able to do all of the projects listed above.

The Library Renewal Advisory Committee believes that the Children’s Room, the Community Room and the restrooms should be included right now. But we want to hear from you.

Fixing our infrastructure and improving our budgeting will allow us to operate much more efficiently, making it possible to fund projects not included in a bond issue through a combination of grants, annual capital budgeting, and both a capital and annual fundraising campaign.

This plan has been developed based on dozens of focus groups, community input from over 1,000 survey respondents, plus the recommendations of the Library’s Board, staff, and renewal committee.  Now we need your input to prioritize the additional projects outlined above.

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Which project is most important/your top priority?
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