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: It is our intent to provide as many library services as possible by moving to a temporary location. We will be looking for a downtown location that we can lease at a reduced rate or that will be given as an in-kind donation.
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 ofGloversville. Currently monies from the endowment’s investments cover of 40% of the Library’s operating budget. 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 2013 there were over 100,000 visits to the Library, an average of over 10,000 visits per month
and over 90,000 items circulated. In addition, 11,673 computer sessions were logged, almost 1,000 per month. Circulation of items in the children’s collection was 26,243 or almost a third of the total circulation. These figures reflect the fact that in the Mohawk Valley Library System, our library is second only to the Schenectady County Library in terms of the number of visitors, amount of circulation and square footage.
Q: Where is the $7 million needed to renovate going to come from?
A: The campaign will seek funding from a variety of sources including individuals, corporations, foundations, tax-credits and government grants. To date, approximately $5,700,000 has been raised and is being used to provide new energy efficient windows and to secure the building envelope, as well as to engage architectural and engineering consultants to design the renovation.
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.
You can help by becoming a volunteer, a donor, and an advocate.
Please contact us at:
Gloversville Public Library Capital Campaign Office
58 East Fulton Street, Gloversville, New York 12078
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