Library closing Nov. 27 - Dec. 6 for construction.
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Building Improvements Begin November 23rd

The Howland Public Library is pleased to announce we have been awarded a Public Library Construction Grant from The New York State Education Department:New York State Library to upgrade the public restrooms and front entrance. The construction, set to begin November 23rd, will improve the access to the library for all users. These improvements include an ADA-compliant, energy-efficient airlock entry and accessible restrooms.

Here's what you need to know:

  • The Library will be closed Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 6.
  • We will reopen at 9:30am on Monday, December 7.
  • The entire project is being monitored by professionals and is in compliance with all state and federal laws. Safety first!
  • Public restrooms will not be available from November 23rd until the completion of the project.
  • Before the end of the year, we will need to close again to install the new ADA compliant front entrance. The public will be informed as soon as dates are confirmed.

What if my hold comes in while you're closed?
If a hold arrives for you while we are closed, you will be notified on December 7th when we re-open. If you need an item (& it is available) before we re-open please do not choose Beacon as your pick-up location - choose a neighboring library like Blodgett Memorial Library in Fishkill, Grinnell Public Library in Wappingers or Butterfield Memorial Library in Cold Spring.

How will I return my items?
Items can be returned to any other library in the Mid-Hudson Library System, in the outside book drop or you can hold onto them until we reopen. No fines will accumulate on items for the days we are closed. 

I heard this is an asbestos abatement project. Isn't that dangerous? Are we safe?
This is an asbestos abatement project in three sites in the library - front door area, near bathrooms & basement. The library has hired a contractor to manage the asbestos abatement team and environmental specialists. The entire abatement project is being monitored by professionals and is in compliance with all state and federal laws. Environmental monitors will be present during the abatement to ensure the safety of the workers and certify that the Library is safe to re-open.  Safety first!

We understand that this is hugely inconvenient, but it is for the betterment of the Library. Once the project is completed, we will all be enjoying our new ADA compliant space. Thank you for your patience & understanding.

Please bring any questions or concerns to Amy Raff, Library Director

Neighboring Libraries

Blodgett Memorial Library
37 Broad Street
Fishkill, New York 12524
Grinnell Public Library
2642 East Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Butterfield Memorial Library
10 Morris Avenue
Cold Spring, NY 10516
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