Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Barney Branch Library Improvements and Renovations Project has received a green light from the Connecticut State Library for a $1,000,000


The Barney Branch Library Improvements and Renovations Project has received a green light from the Connecticut State Library for a $1,000,000 Library construction grant. Please come join us at the Barney Branch Library on Thursday Evening, December 6th, between 5:30 and 6:30 for an open house/press conference and celebration to better understand what is on the horizon and to meet and visit with Friends, colleagues and fellow citizens.


About the Project


The Barney Branch library constitutes an architecturally precious reminder of the past grounding us in those traditions which are Farmington today. The Library was built in 1918 with three levels serving patrons entering at the East side on the main level of the building. Architecturally, the building is Greek Revival with a grand pediment, generous cornice and frieze supported by four Ionic columns on a wonderful portico looking out over the historic green and on to Miss Porters School.

The principal rationale for the project is to meet current ADA requirements, and improve HVAC and other systems that are inadequate to current efficiency and ergonomic standards. Particularly, the current physical layout of the building presents difficulties for wheelchair users, the elderly, and mothers with strollers, and those who are physically challenged. Furthermore, the book stacks are often too close together to allow access to the physically challenged and the additional classes listed above.

The need for an elevator and the removal of the antiquated exterior iron fire escape and the addition of a safe interior stairway to provide access to both the upper and lower levels of the building is critical to the Library’s efficient operation. Currently, without an elevator the use of the upper level meeting room and the lower level program space in not feasible for public programming.


The project is estimated at three million with:


One million by a Connecticut State Library construction grant.*
One million by referendum.
One million by fund raising.