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The library building is a service you provide to your community. Like all other services, STLS is here to support you in making your facilities sustainable, healthful, and positively impactful on the lives of your community members, as well as the people who work there. Below you will find resources aligned with the most common areas of questions we receive. Many of them are designed for building and architectural professionals – so don’t feel intimidated if you don’t get all the jargon.
If you would like additional information, or have a different question altogether, don’t hesitate to contact Margo Gustina, STLS Deputy Director and facilities planning and construction aid consultant: email@example.com. Margo will talk with you about what you hope your building will do – in service, in the community, and in the environment.
Libraries applying for grant funds to renovate their buildings which are older than 50 years, need SHPO approval if their projects aren’t listed on the exemptions list.
When using CRIS to submit your project to SHPO, use these tips:
Like most public employees, the good people at SHPO are strapped for time. That said, they love to help libraries preserve local cultural heritage, including library buildings themselves! Contact them if you’d like preservation assistance: https://parks.ny.gov/shpo/
The National Park Service maintains the National Register of Historic Places, as well as develops guidance for organizations occupying historic buildings on maintaining them. Preservation Briefs are written as though every project is seven figures, but the ideas are scalable and applicable to projects of any size. Check them out here: https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm
Concerned you can’t afford preservation? The Preservation League of New York State has two grant cycles a year that cover the cost, either up to 80% or up to $3,000 for planning preservation projects. Renovation and preservation are both eligible for New York State Construction Aid to Public Libraries funding.