Q. Why do we need a new library?
There are many technological and structural advances that this structure can no longer accommodate. The new library will include many of the features the public has requested over the years as libraries have evolved. This will include more public meeting spaces, an auditorium, expanded children’s room and craft area, new dedicated teen area, larger adult reading spaces, private study rooms, digital learning labs as well as numerous public safety items that are required in new buildings such as fire sprinklers, handicapped accessible bathrooms and elevator.
Q. What is the time frame for construction?
The entire process may take 2 ½ to 3 years from the date of approval of the bond to the day we walk in the door of the new library. The first part of this process will take 10 – 12 months to create the construction documents (drawings and specifications) and obtain all required approvals. Once all of the approvals are obtained, the library will proceed to bid the work publicly and enter into the construction phase. This phase is estimated to take 14 – 16 months. During the construction phase, the library will move to a temporary (local) location so we can continue to offer services.
Q. Will library users lose the use of the library during construction?
No, the Board of Trustees has made a commitment to continue library programs and services in a temporary facility. These negotiations will take place after the Bond vote.
Q. Where will this new library be located?
The Library will remain at the same address and location – centrally located to serve the community of Plainedge.
Q. Will there be increased parking?
There will be increased parking stalls and ADA accessible parking as well. We will also provide parking for electric vehicles.
Q. If the library is going to be ADA compliant why are there so many large steps from the first to ground floor?
The large amphitheater seating area at the center of the library is intended to allow the library to utilize the large center space for various programs and touch down space for patrons. The amphitheater will also incorporate space for our non-ambulatory patrons at both the main and lower levels, which will be accessible by a new ADA compliant elevator.
The entire new library will be ADA accessible for all features of it’s new spaces, inclusive from the point you enter the site for parking, to open circulation and egress paths, throughout, down to the restrooms. It is a priority of ours that this building is able to accommodate every patron in our community.
Q. If children’s and teens are on the second floor will there be emergency access?
The new library was designed with safety as a top priority. We will have means of egress on every floor and will take special precautions to make sure that our children are safe. There are three planned staircases from the second floor.
Q. How many people use the library?
Approximately 30,000 people have used the library in the last six months. That’s about 5000 per month!
Q. Will there be an increase in staff?
The building is intentionally designed with great sight lines. Great sight lines result in being able to help keep staff to a minimum and allows for increased safety as well. But we do expect some increase in staffing, as we increase the number of programs and activities available to our community.
Q. Will the new library result in an increased budget?
We anticipate growing the budget gradually, with a small increase, as we always have. We will be eliminating the ongoing large repair and maintenance costs associated with our existing building and taking advantage of a highly energy efficient new building that will help keep costs in check.
Q. What will be the cost of running the new library?
While it is difficult to establish a hard cost at this phase in our planning, as with many other libraries that have replaced their old buildings, the cost to run a new building vs. their old in many cases is negligible, and that is what we are anticipating here. This is a direct reflection of incorporating the latest technology into a new building and taking advantage of high efficiency mechanical and electrical systems, double pane insulated windows and high insulation values in the walls and roof, the use of natural daylight in lieu of artificial light during the day, to high efficiency water fixtures and so much more.
Q. Will there be solar?
There is a high possibility that the new building will indeed use solar panels. This depends on several factors that our architects and project managers will look into as we move forward.
Q. Will the café be an independent vendor?
We intend to hire a local vendor to support the cafe we have shown in the library to provide food and drink at a reasonable cost to our patrons in exchange for having their product in our library.
Q. Will bathrooms be sized for children in the children’s area?
The bathrooms in the Children’s area will have child sized fixtures as well as changing areas.
Q. Will the book collection grow?
We are not planning for growth in our book collection as our current collection meets the community needs. For those items we may not have, we do have access to a wealth of materials throughout the Nassau Library System. This is in keeping with our focus of the new library to provide more meeting, gathering, and programming spaces.
Q. Will there be better space for programs? More useful space for entertainment?
YES! That is one of the goals of this project. The community has been asking for spaces to meet – larger meeting rooms with more comfortable seating, a makerspace, quiet study spaces, spaces that can accommodate a job interview or a zoom meeting. We also need a dedicated space for teens and a larger, more flexible space for Children. We will also have an outdoor courtyard that can be used for outdoor programs for all ages.
Q. Will the new library be energy efficient?
The Plainedge Library is committed to making this new building as energy efficient as possible. To that end, we have joined the Sustainable Libraries Initiative and are following the steps to become certified. We are working with architects and project managers who are familiar with the LEED process and becoming LEED certified is one of our goals as well.
Our current building is incredibly energy inefficient. Energy standards from 1968 were very different than they are today. The windows, the lighting, fuel, use of alternative energy… we’re looking into it all.
Q. Can the amount of the bond be increased?
It cannot be increased once it is approved by the community. The new library will be built within the proposed budget. At no point will we come back to the community to ask for additional funds.
Q. Was the cost of inflation factored into the bond?
Yes. As developed by our professional team, they have accounted for increases over the next several years, during which our project is to be designed and built.
Q. How much will it cost?
The cost to a typical household will be $278 per year or $23 per month. This is based upon the complete project budget as follows:
TOTAL PROJECT BUDGET $25,635,434.00
Less funds from library’s capital fund -$2,000,000.00
TOTAL AMOUNT FINANCED VIA BOND $23,635,434.00
Q. When will the bond vote be held?
January 31, 2023.
Q. Where will the bond vote be held?
The vote will be held at the Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd., N. Massapequa, NY 11758, between the hours of 12:00 and 8:00.