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Roosevelt Island to Get New Library, Council Member Says

 A new library is planned for 504 Main St. on Roosevelt Island.
A new library is planned for 504 Main St. on Roosevelt Island.
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ROOSEVELT ISLAND — A new library is finally coming to Roosevelt Island after years of delays, an official said.

Councilwoman Jessica Lappin announced Wednesday that the 2014 City Hall budget has allotted $1 million for the new facility.

Lappin's statement comes after the New York Public Library inked a lease for a retail space at 504 Main St. earlier this week, she said. 

The City Council member, who represents the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, has pushed for a new library since 2006, she said.

The $5.5 million project replaces a library that has been "plagued by problems for years, including water leaks that have harmed the collection," Lappin's office said in a statement.

The new center will be approximately 2,500 square feet — twice the size of the current library.

"I am thrilled that our dream of building a new, state-of-the-art library on Roosevelt Island is finally coming true," Lappin said in a statement.