Hi jcneighbor, thanks for your questions about the scaffolding at the Main Library. As you know, we are in the middle of a major top-to-bottom renovation of one of the oldest and most iconic buildings in the city. The building is a beloved architectural treasure and our goal is to make sure it continues to serve Jersey City in glorious condition for at least another century.
We take our responsibility seriously as caretakers of the many Library buildings all over the city, and we are completing the work at the Main Library as quickly as possible while maintaining a high standard of quality. We are also doing the most we can to minimize disruption to our patrons and neighbors; we know it’s frustrating to see work going on for a long time and we are grateful for your patience and understanding during this temporary process.
The scaffolding was erected as part of the current project in Phase II, which is replacing the aluminum windows with historically correct and energy-efficient wood. That work is ongoing, though it may not always be visible from the outside. As sometimes happens on large construction projects, we have had a few unexpected delays. The power lines were too close to the scaffolding, and we had to wait for some time for PSE&G to relocate the power lines, to prevent the workers, staff, and patrons from being injured. The Main Library will remain open during this phase of construction.
Also, please know you have a standing invitation to come inside and meet with the library director, who will gladly give you a tour of this historic building, so you can see first-hand what has been done. We think that you would really appreciate the time we have spent renovating the building, making it ADA accessible, building a new elevator and bathrooms, and more.
Our goal is to complete the entire renovation project by the end of 2018.
Thanks again for your questions. Please feel free to contact me directly anytime.
Public Information Officer
Jersey City Free Public Libraryssmith@jclibrary.org