More than 20 local libraries to get $2.3 million in NY funding

(WSBT 22)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - More than 20 libraries in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area are receiving $2.27 million in state funding from the State Education Department.

The money is part of $24 million in state aid to 230 public libraries for construction and renovation projects. The projects range from constructing new buildings and additions to adding computer technology and making the buildings accessible to people with disabilities.

Among the funding for the projects will be $661,200 for a public technology center at the Rundel Memorial Library Building in Rochester and $129,635 to upgrade an elevator and construct a new tutoring space at the Geneva Public Library in Geneva.

“These funds are not just investments in our public libraries but investments in our communities,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said.

Libraries apply for the State funds allocated to their public library system. Each library is allowed to apply for an award that could fund up to 75 percent of a project.

Awards range from $2,626 to $3 million. A complete list of funded projects is available here.

The money is designated as capital funds in the 2017-18 State Budget as State Aid for Library Construction.

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