Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP-Tompkins/Cortland) announced that Lamont Memorial Free Library has been awarded $10,706 in public library construction funds. These funds will enable the library to proceed with much-needed roof construction. The grant funds are from a one-time allocation of $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided by the New York State Legislature in the 2006-2007 State Budget.
“Libraries play a crucial role in our community,” Lifton said. “That is why it is so important to make sure money is available for needed repairs – so they can continue to provide our families with free access and invaluable services.”
Recent studies have revealed that over 40% of more than 1,000 public library buildings across New York State are over six decades old, with an additional 30%, more than 30 years old. Oftentimes these outdated buildings cannot provide Internet and other technological services or they lack the necessary space to house computers for public access. Many libraries are currently unable to accommodate readers with disabilities. Additionally, many libraries are in dire need of repairs.
“Our communities gain enormous, long-term benefits when we support and invest in our libraries,” Lifton said. “I am very excited to announce that Lamont Memorial Free Library has received the resources it needs to upgrade the building, so our community can enjoy the resources of the library for generations to come.”