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Preserving, enhancing, evolving

This library has always been a cornerstone of our community, but, to remain a meaningful and a dynamic resource, we have to rethink and renovate the institution to better serve the needs of the public.

To better gauge what people need and want from their library, the community was surveyed twice, and community meetings were held with folks representing every constituency in South Orange, including teens, seniors, parents and adults.

What emerged was a clear need for more space, and additional types of space. Constituents identified as priorities quiet study spaces, a large meeting room and small group meeting spaces.  Existing spaces also need to be enhanced, particularly the children’s room and adult reading area. Constituents love much of what the library already is, but have needs that are not being met.  

The library, with the support of the Village, has applied for a Library Construction Bond Act Grant to build a new, physical connection between the historic Connett original building and the 1968 currently-used building, allowing the two buildings to function together and to creating larger, different and flexible spaces that create a community library, moving to the future. 

Interested to know more? Watch the Architects’ presentation at the library on October 30, 2019 on our YouTube channel.

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