Q: Why not just build a new building instead of renovating?
A: We have two reasons for renovating. First is cost. The square footage cost of renovating is less than the square footage cost of building a library – even without factoring in the cost of purchasing land for that building. Second is the commitment to community. We do not want to move the Library from its central, downtown location to the outskirts of town. Nor do we want to leave Gloversville with yet another vacant, historic building.
Q: Why not try to renovate the building in stages?
A: It will be difficult if not impossible to proceed with any part of the project without first addressing the infrastructure, a stage which will affect the entire building. Additionally the current cost estimate for the project is based on renovating the building all at once. Breaking the project into stages means bringing back
contractors and equipment for each stage, which will significantly increase cost. It is unlikely that the building could remain open during each stage of construction, which would necessitate multiple closings.
Q: Why put the Children’s Library in the lower level?
A: The lower level provides an area large enough to accommodate the collection and provide the activity and quiet spaces lacking in the current Children’s Room. Additional windows, new lighting, a specially designed ceiling, new walls, carpeting, furniture, and shelving will transform the lower level from a basement to a modern, cheerful, age-appropriate space.
Q: What will happen to library services during renovation?
A: The Library has relocated to 34 West Fulton Street, temporary quarters in downtown.
Q: What economic impact do you anticipate the renovated library will have?
A: Numerous studies have shown that libraries function very much like good schools in raising property values and attracting businesses. Most real estate agents affirm that a strong public library facility is a key selling point for potential new buyers. And the literacy and job training resources provided by the Library will contribute to workforce development. This upgraded Library will contribute to the revitalization of Gloversville.
Q: Why not just take the money for the renovation from the endowment?
A: The income from the endowment has saved millions of dollars for the taxpayers of Gloversville. Currently monies from the endowment’s investments cover a portion of the Library’s operating budget. The diligence of the Library's previous boards insured the Library's future by maintaining and growing the endowment and the Library is committed to ensuring that the endowment continues as a major source of funding for operations.
Q: How many people actually use the Library?
A: In 2016 there were over 84,000 visits to the Library and over 66,000 items circulated. In addition, 18,270 computer sessions were logged. Over 400 adults, teens and children attended 7,500 programs.
Q: Where is the $9 million needed to renovate going to come from?
A: The campaign will seek funding from a variety of sources including individuals, corporations, foundations, and government grants. To date, approximately $8,900,000 has been raised.
Q: Won’t the renovated facility cost more to run than the current library? How will this be paid for?
A: The renovation has been designed to enable the Library to expand programs and services while
controlling operating costs. New HVAC systems and wiring will lead to an increase in power usage, particularly during hot weather, but energy efficiency gains through new windows and better insulation will mitigate much of the increased costs.
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