Construction will begin next Monday, October 4th, to bring Bancroft Library and Proudfit Hall into compliance with the American With Disabilities Act (ADA). This project started in the fall of 2018 with the Bancroft Public Library Board of Trustees approval of a long-range plan to pursue the necessary funding to comply with ADA. In early 2019 the Library was awarded a grant from Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) to engage an architect to prepare plans for the project. In late 2019 the Library Board of Trustees applied for a grant from the New York State Library Construction Fund to engage the services of an architect to prepare final plans and specifications and engage the services of a contractor. Finally, in late 2020 we received word the grant was awarded allowing us to proceed with hiring an architect and putting the project out for bids earlier this year.
Over the next three months the access ramps, entrances, restrooms, etc. will undergo major renovation. We anticipate the library will remain open throughout the construction project, with no change in hours of operation. Stay tuned for updates as the project proceeds.