96th Street Library To Close for Six Months of Renovations

By DNAinfo Staff on December 20, 2012 3:38pm

UPPER EAST SIDE — A bustling library branch between Yorkville and East Harlem will be closed for six months because of renovations, officials told Community Board 8 Wednesday.

The 96th Street Library, located at 112 E. 96th St. near Lexington Avenue, will be shuttered from Jan. 14, 2013 to July 2013 for repairs, branch manager William J. Seufert said.

Planned work will include changes to climate control and safety systems, Seufert said.

Officials will put in a web-based thermostat along with new air conditioning units, hot water pumps and piping, and boiler equipment, they said.

Upgrades to fire detection and prevention — including new sprinklers — will also be installed, officials said.

While renovations are underway, Seufert suggested that 96th street patrons go to other nearby locations, such as the Aguilar Library at 174 E. 110th St. and Third Avenue, the Yorkville Library at 222 E. 79th St. and Third Avenue, or the Webster Library at 1465 York Ave and E. 78th Street.  Hours at Aguilar and Yorkville will be extended to meet demand, he said.

The announcement comes shortly the NYPL announced a major makeover at its flagship Fifth Avenue branch.

The 96th Street Library opened in 1905. It's one of 65 libraries "built with funds donated to New York City by Andrew Carnegie," according to the NYPL.

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