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Re: Main Library - reopening on May 1...
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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.

-Shane


Shane Smith
Public Information Officer
Jersey City Free Public Library

ssmith@jclibrary.org
O: 201-547-4579
C: 201-668-1335
www.jclibrary.org

Posted on: 8/8 14:56
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Re: Main Library - reopening on May 1...
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Phase III will move forward as soon as possible after the completion of Phase II. We will keep our patrons and the neighbors of the Main Library updated about the details of the renovation schedule as it develops.

Phase III will include several large-scale improvements, such as the full renovation of the Reference Department and Government Documents Department, renovation of the interior staircase and public corridors, a complete overhaul of the building’s heating and air conditioning systems, and refurbished third-floor restrooms.

Thanks again for your interest and your questions! Looking forward to seeing you back at the Main Library on May 1 or after.

-Shane

Posted on: 4/28 13:50
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Re: Main Library - reopening on May 1...
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Hi everyone, thanks for your interest in the Library renovation progress!

The Main Library is reopening May 1, 2017 as scheduled.

We are in Phase II of a 3-phase renovation process. Over the past three months during the closure, we continued asbestos abatement. In this phase we are also replacing the aluminum windows with historically correct and more energy-efficient wood. The scaffolding is up and work on the windows is set to get underway.

We know it's frustrating when the Library isn't open when you want it to be, so we are scheduling the work to maximize the amount of time the building can remain open to the public during the renovations. Of course, this also makes the project last longer than if we remained closed the entire time. We really appreciate the support of all our patrons, and the neighbors of the Main Library, as we do the work that needs to be done.

The Main Library is a 116-year-old architectural treasure and a center of Jersey City's community. I encourage you all to come by after we open on Monday and see the progress for yourselves.

Any questions, please call or email me directly: 201-547-4579 ssmith (at) jclibrary (dot) org.

Thanks!

Shane Smith
Public Information Officer
Jersey City Free Public Library

Posted on: 4/27 18:44
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