The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System received nearly $850,000 in capital funding allocated through the state budget, part of more than $1 million awarded to libraries throughout the region.
The funds come through the construction grants program within the Office of New York State Library within the state Education Department, funded by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the state budget for construction and renovation. A total of $14 million in grants were awarded for projects at public library and library system buildings statewide.
The Buffalo Central Library received the largest grant of $617,970 for asbestos abatement, space reconfiguration and energy-savings projects. Other projects include security improvements inside and outside the facility.
Other libraries in the system to received grants include the Aurora Town Public Library, which will receive $108,200 to replace and restore the roof as part of an energy efficiency project; West Seneca Public Library, $8,332 to replace the sidewalk and provide handicapped accessibility; and Eden Library, $4,847 to replace sidewalks.
In the Niagara-Orleans region, a $311,684 grant for the Swan Library in Albion will fund energy efficiencies for the building, as well as improving collection and meeting space. Other grants in the Nioga Library System include: Lockport Public Library, $79,330 to upgrade rooftop air handling units and replace light fixtures; Middleport Free Library, $11,174 for an energy-efficient furnace, air conditioners, doors and windows; Nioga Library System, $26,903 for office reconstruction and upgrades to electrical panels and computer networks; Youngstown Free Library, $8,945 for reconfiguration of storage and a meeting room and increased seating capacity; Medina's Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, $8,615 for parking lot reconfiguration; and Niagara Falls Public Library, $8,325 for light fixtures and entrance doors.
Other grants in the region include:
• In Allegany County, the Southern Tier Library System will received two grants: $99,739 for the David A. Howe Public Library; and $6,775 for the Essential Club Free Library.
• Libraries in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System received five grants: $120,000 for the Olean Public Library; $15,800 for the Dunkirk Free Library; $42,240 for the Mary E. Seymour Memorial Library; $41,167 for the Patterson Library; and $2,672 for the Sinclairville Free Library.
• In Genesee, the Byron-Bergen Public Library received $7,325 for an interior renovation to enhance programming.
Libraries were eligible to apply for construction grants to fund up to 50 percent of projects, with matching funds from the library.
Project activities and expenditures were for renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space, installation of alternative energy sources, and replacement of walkways for ADA accessibility.