New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced that the Hamburg Public Library will receive a New York State Library Construction Grant of $290,084. Funding for this grant was included in the state budget passed earlier this year. In total, $14 million in capital funds for public library construction have been awarded to 170 public libraries and public library systems in New York State, through this round of grant funding. Libraries could apply for a construction grant that could fund up to 75 percent of a project. The minimum grant award was $2,500. The funding is awarded by the New York State Department of Education, Division of Library Development.
The funding provided to the Hamburg Public Library will be used to build a 6,590 sq. ft. addition to the library to meet accessibility needs for the disabled. The funding will also be used to create a meeting space and increase capacity to meet patron needs for seating, computer use and research.
“This funding from New York State will pay for critical projects that are important to the library’s continuing mission of serving the public’s educational needs,” said Assemblyman Ryan. “The accessibility upgrades will be welcome news to library patrons with disabilities, and I am pleased that New York State is funding such an important upgrade. The funding will also be used to help increase the library’s computer and research capacity, which is great news for students and those in need of computer access throughout Hamburg.”