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Clinton Hill Library Closing for $900K Renovations

By Janet Upadhye | October 24, 2013 2:37pm
 The Clinton Hill Library is closing for renovations beginning on Oct. 25, 2013.
The Clinton Hill Library is closing for renovations beginning on Oct. 25, 2013.
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CLINTON HILL — The Clinton Hill Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library is closing on Oct. 25 in order to install Self-Check machines and a new heating and cooling system, officials announced.

The library's original A/C unit broke in the summer of 2008. Since then the branch has been using temporary units. The Brooklyn Public Library is spending $700,000 to replace the system, a spokeswoman for the library said.

Self-Check machines allow users to scan their library card to check out books without the help of a librarian. Users then receive a printed receipt that lets them know the date their books are due back.

The Brooklyn Public Library began to install Self-Check machines in their branches in summer of 2012. All 60 branches in the Brooklyn system will eventually have the scanners.

Clinton Hill librarians said they are also expecting new lights, new ceilings, and some new interior paint. Those renovations, coupled with the new Self-Check machines, will cost the library $200,000, according to a spokeswoman.

Clinton Hill librarians will be working at other Brooklyn libraries while the renovations take place.

Nearby branches include Bedford Library at 496 Franklin Ave., Marcy Library at 617 DeKalb Ave., Pacific Library at 25 Fourth Ave., and Walt Whitman Library at 93 St. Edwards St.

The library is expected to be closed for four months and reopen in early 2014.