SCARSDALE, N.Y. - The Scarsdale Library is planning a full-site redesign this summer with the help of White Plains design firm, which has been contracted for the project.
The library held focus groups during the strategic planning process and found it doesn't have the physical space to support the diverse services people want from a modern library. Those include providing quiet research and study space, programs, lectures or meetings, space for small group work, space for movie screenings and general meeting space.
The library board contracted Lothrop Associates for the project, for which Jim Lothrop is the head architect.
“Over the past several years, the library board has been actively polling both the community and national public library "thought-leaders" as to how to strengthen the central community role that the Scarsdale Public Library plays,” Lothrop said in a statement. “We are now consumed within the creative planning process which consists of fully exploring how the building can best accommodate the increasingly diverse offerings of this exceptional community treasure.”
The library board will try to maintain the building's exterior and park-like setting, but reconfigure the interior space to meet the community's needs. Library staff, patrons and community members will have opportunities to give their input on the layout of the future Scarsdale Public Library.
"This is such an exciting time at the library," Barbara Josselsohn, president of the Board of Trustees for the Scarsdale Library, said in a statement. "We are dedicated to making our location one of the best in Westchester with continued improvements including our recent digitization undertaking, enhanced service offerings and now with the site overhaul.”
The Scarsdale Public Library is located at 54 Olmsted Road.
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