Renovation work begins at Chandler Library

A composite rendering shows the plans for renovations at the Chandler branch of the Newburgh Chandler Public Library.

Renovation work is ongoing at the Chandler Branch of the Newburgh Chandler Public Library.

The library closed on Monday, Jan. 11, to allow for the extensive renovation. Library director Trista Smith said the branch has had few updates since it was built in 1988 and is due for modifications.

Smith said the work will also include updating furniture, upgrades to the building’s security, upgrades to the building’s heating and air and solutions to drainage issues at the site. She said the work also includes the addition of a walking path and benches around the building to help alleviate the flooding and erosion issues the property has faced since the building was constructed.

“We want that building to be in Chandler for a really long time,” she said. “It’s gotten to the point that it’s critical that we fix [the structure].”

Smith said the library system began looking into the needs of the building and began a search for options. She said building a new facility was considered, but the determination was repairing the current facility would be the more effective option.

“We decided it would be more effective and a better use of taxpayer resources to make sure it’s going to be there for a long time,” she said.

Funding for the project was set in place last year when the Warrick County Council approved a $2.75 million bond for the project and other needed work throughout the library system. Because the bond to build the Bell Road branch will be paid off effectively allowing the smaller bond to take its place, Smith said taking on the bond will not translate into any impact in local tax rates.

While the work is expected to continue into June, Smith said the library still plans to continue to offer services to the Chandler community through the library’s van, which will be stationed in the LNB parking lot in Chandler on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with children’s programs, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon with adult programs and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with teen programs. In addition, she said patrons will be able to access WiFi, print pages through remote access, return items and pick up items on hold.

In addition, Smith said patrons will be able to utilize a drop box located at Laundry USA in Chandler to return items during the laundromat’s open hours.

For updates on the construction or to get more information visit Newburgh Chandler Public Library on Facebook or visit their website at www.ncplibraries.org.

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