GRAMERCY — Epiphany Library reopened on Friday after closing for four months of repairs.
The library, at 228 E. 23rd St. at Second Avenue, shut down in August so that workers could upgrade the building’s infrastructure, including a brand-new heating and cooling system and a fresh coat of paint.
Epiphany was originally scheduled to reopen in November, but the opening got pushed back several weeks because of construction delays, said Amy Geduldig, a spokeswoman for the New York Public Library.
“Some delays came from painting the space and precautionary measures to make sure all the systems were functioning properly,” Geduldig said. “Essentially, all the things that people loved about the branch [are] still there."
Leah Mitchell, who works in the neighborhood as a babysitter, said she was relieved to have the library back because it gave her something to do with the kids.
“It’s so cold outside, so it’s nice to have something to do inside,” said Mitchell, 30. “I can bring the kids in here to read to them.”
Nadina Persaud, 25, who works in Gramercy, had gone to the Kips Bay branch while Epiphany was closed and was glad to have the convenience of checking out CDs and DVDs near her job again.
“Work is close by, so it’s convenient to pick things up and drop things off again,” she said.