Montauk Library Announces Renovation and Expansion Plan

The entry of a proposed expansion at the Montauk Library. Image courtesy of Gallin Beeler Design Studio

The Montauk Library will hold a series of community input sessions in advance of a May 21 bond vote for a $7.48 million renovation and expansion project.

The Montauk Library, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020, originally operated out of a small cottage on the property of the Montauk Community Church. The current, larger facility opened in 1991. “Once again, the Montauk Library is at a crossroad,” said Montauk Library Director Denise DiPaolo. “The current building has served Montauk well for nearly 30 years, but with the modern transformation in library services and a marked increase in usage, a new reorganization and expansion is greatly needed to meet the changing needs of the community. This project will address efficiency, safety, and accessibility issues, and will

expand the space we have to better serve our patrons.”

“The very nature of what a library is to a community has greatly evolved over the last few decades, along with advancements in technology. Libraries have become a valued resource not only for books, information, and research, but for cultural, recreational, and technological programming and services, as well,” Library Board President Joan Lycke said.  “The renovation and expansion project will address the increased need for space and services at the Montauk

Library not only for today, but for the future.”

If approved, the expansion will include 5,000 square feet of new space that will be added to the existing 9,000 square foot building by filling in portions of existing interior double-height space, the addition of a new exit staircase, a new addition and entry way.

The expansion will result in a children’s library tripled the size of what exists today with a dedicated play area, enclosed program room, administrative space, bathroom and exterior terrace, a new enclosed teen room and a new 1,600 square-foot one story entry way featuring a new local history and fishermen’s center with exhibit and gallery space.

Sustainable green features will be incorporated throughout the design, which also allows for the reorganization and expansion of the mezzanine level with a new quiet study area and café service counter and new basement space for an expanded archival room and public meeting space.

According to library officials, if approved by voters in the Montauk School District, the expansion will cost approximately $80.40 per year for a resident with a home valued at $862,069.

The first community forum was held on Sunday, March 17 and Monday, March 18. Additional input sessions will take place on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 1 at noon and Tuesday, May 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the Montauk Library.