New Library Proposal


Why are we voting?

Henrietta residents will be voting this Election Day (Tuesday, November 7) on a proposition to build a new library designed to meet the needs of the community for generations to come. The proposition on the ballot will read:

"Shall the bond resolution adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Henrietta, New York, dated September 6, 2017, authorizing the issuance of up to $10,000,000.00 of general obligation serial bonds of the Town to pay for the costs of certain capital improvements consisting of construction of a new facility for the Town of Henrietta Public Library, including a building and various site and other incidental improvements in connection therewith and the acquisition of original furnishings, equipment, machinery or apparatus that may be required in connection therewith for such construction and Town use, at a maximum estimated aggregate cost of $12,500,000.00; providing for the issuance of bond anticipation notes; determining that the period of probable usefulness and maximum permissible term of any borrowing is thirty years; and pledging the faith and credit of the Town to the payment of such debt obligations and the interest thereon, be approved?”

Why do we need a new library?

Our Town has grown considerably since our current library was built in 1978, and the library’s use has been increasing over the last several years. We’ve consistently heard from the community that they’re looking for more from their library: more books, more programs (especially for families), and more quiet space in which to work individually and in small groups. We have maximized our capacity to provide these things in our current space and a team of library staff, town staff, community members, and architects have been working for almost two years to develop a plan to serve Henrietta’s needs for generations to come, which has resulted in the new library building proposal. For additional information, see our fact sheet about the 2016 Causewave survey.

Why not renovate and expand the current building?

We did look at this option. Renovating and expanding our current building would have cost over $10 million and would not provide enough space or parking. It would have also required the library to move into rented space for about a year and a half while the work was being done, adding to the cost and significantly disrupting services. The Town determined that building new was a wiser long-term investment and would allow other opportunities to achieve town goals, such as moving the Town Court on to Town Campus and out of rented space (a cost savings of over $100,000 a year). 

What will happen to the current library building?

The Town Court will move into the current library building, which will bring the Court out of rented space (a cost savings of over $100,000 a year) and onto Town Campus.

Will the proposed new library have an elevator?

Yes, it will have a full-sized elevator.