Library Renovation Updates

January, 2020


The library renovations are still underway. Come check out our Children's Room which is nearly finished! Our Adult Reading Room is also complete and open to the public for use.  This area features over a hundred magazine and newspaper subscriptions for in house reading and checkout, plus designated quiet space for studying.  No tutors or chitchat are allowed in this area.  Bring your laptop to use our standing height counter overlooking Cathryn's Courtyard for an extra burst of productivity.  As always we appreciate all of your patience and understanding during our renovation!


November, 2019

Newly renovated Children's RoomCome check out our children's room which is almost completely finished!

The reading room will be the next room completed. This will be a great space to come and read or do work quietly. As always we appreciate all of your patience during our construction.



September, 2019
Phase 2 is on its way!  The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was September 16, 2019.  Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement.

Update as of March, 2019

It's been a whirlwind of renovation activity around the library.  Our front entrance is open, carpet is going in at a rapid clip in many of our spaces, and our new checkout desk has been installed. Come check out the fresh, bright, open concept feel!

Update as of January, 2019
Demolition has begun to give way to renewal around our building.
We opened our first brand new bathroom last week, our front entrance expansion is coming along, and painters have been at work around the library freshening everything up.
Come check out the progress!

Update as of November, 2018
We’re starting to get put back together after a long stretch of demolition! New lighting is going in by the day, casting bright illumination over our once-dim spaces. Ceiling tiles are reappearing across the library too. To get an idea of what all of our spaces will ultimately look like, check out the recently completed suite of glass-fronted offices across from the new books section. We can’t wait until everything in the library looks this sleek!
Speaking of our new offices, if you’re looking to hang a poster on our bulletin board, or chat about a proposed program in the Stedman Room, you’ll now find our Adult Programs staff in this new home. Our Access Services team has also moved to an office in this area, putting the whole crew right by the computers and Info Desk they staff. Eventually, another of these office spaces will be the new home of our Circulation department. This move clears the way for next year’s Phase 2 of the project, which will see a brand new Tech Training Room, large meeting room space, and Children’s Room.
Thank you for all your patience as we’ve worked through this process! We look forward to hearing what you think of our new layout as more of the space comes together.

Update as of October 8, 2018
After a long stretch of demolition and deconstruction, we're excited to report that things are starting to get put back together around the library!  Fresh ceiling tiles are up in most areas. We also have a brand new sprinkler system keeping us all safe throughout the building.  Our collection looks extra shiny with all the new light pouring down from energy efficient new LED bulbs and fixtures.

We've also moved many staff members into new offices at the front of the building, so ask at one of our service desks if you need direction to the Adult Programs or Access offices.

Demolition in our old public bathrooms is also now complete and construction has begun on the brand new ones.
Finally, work on our front entrance addition is coming along. Once that is complete, we can take the temporary pathway into the library out of the Stedman Room, and get much of the library back in order!
Thank you for your patience during this noisy and messy process!  We hope you enjoy all the improvements that are coming together.

Update as of September 29, 2018

Good news! You will start to see some exciting improvements around the library very soon, with fresh ceiling tiles going back up in many areas and the installation of super bright, energy efficient lighting around the library to help illuminate our spaces better than ever. New walls will also be springing up adjacent to the adult computer area, defining a new row of offices that will bring much of our front line service staff to the front of the building, where we can serve you better.

Major Construction to Kick Off on Front Entrance on 9/18/18!

Big changes are in store for the front of the library! We're putting on an addition to our entrance area which will grow our square footage and define new spaces for our new checkout desk and lobby area. Work begins this week!

Front Addition Construction FAQ:

Will the library be open?
Yes, we'll be open for business as usual during this leg of the work - but our front entrance will be closed and it might be pretty noisy around here for a while, as construction crews will be working during most of our open hours.

How do I enter the building if the front entrance is closed?
Follow the signs! You will be directed to enter the building from the side, via the Stedman Room. We've temporarily paved a pathway through the grass and a ramp to allow you to get into the library safely.

I need accessible parking - where do I go?
Our employee lot along the side of the library will be converted into handicap parking spots for the duration of this part of the project. Please be courteous and judicious in your use of these spots, to allow folks with physical limitations easy access to the library.

Will events go on as planned in the Stedman Room?
Yes! Our construction crew will be putting up a barrier to help control disruption from the back of the space, where folks will be entering and exiting the library.

I have another question...
Reply to this email or stop by one of our service desks with any questions. We'll answer, or direct you to someone who can.

Have you seen our new outdoor bookdrop? Its located curbside for easy dropoffs anytime, night or day. We've received lots of positive feedback about it so far, and our staff has been busily emptying it regularly throughout the day - seems like it's a hit!

Other new features are rapidly coming together around our building. New walls recently went up toward the back of the library, framing out the footprint of what will become our brand new Teen Room. New energy efficient lighting in the stacks and some areas of the building is illuminating our spaces better than ever!

Much of the rest of the library reminds us of the story of the ugly duckling. Ceilings and walls are down, and there are some areas that are currently inaccessible. Rest assured, this ugly duckling will become a beautiful swan very soon, and in the meantime, we can place holds on items that are located in areas that are currently off limits. Just stop by the Information Desk for help.

We're moving right along into some major building updates - and yes, we will remain open during this time!  So, what should you expect when visiting the library? 
First, you should expect to see construction crews on site starting June 13th.  With work starting early and wrapping up mid-afternoon, you can expect some construction noise and disruption in the mornings and early afternoons, with our quietest hours to be between 3-8pm.  All this noise and disruption will have a huge payoff, as our bathrooms, public areas, entrance way, and checkout desk are all getting major upgrades in accordance with community feedback.

Walls are still down - but we're starting to build things around here too!  Visitors to our newspaper area or DVD collection may have spotted the glass walls that have sprung up to enclose our temporary Training Room, a space that will eventually become a meeting room once our permanent Training Room is completed. (May, 2018)

Bids are out for the project and due back early April. We hope to have contractors on site by early May. In the mean time some small demo has begun. Please excuse our mess and thank you for your patience with the process the results will be worth the wait. In the first phase of the project the library will be expanding and renovating the front entrance, replacing all bathrooms, creating a more open and inviting entrance, relocating some administrative offices as well as updating lighting and mechanical. The drawing with some of the first phase changes is outside of the Administrative Office. We will give as much notice as possible for any service impact. Please watch our FB page for progress reports. (March, 2018)

Demolition Underway for the New Teen Room

The Teen Room will be one of the first rooms impacted by our renovations, and the work has begun! The YA non-fiction collection has been relocated directly outside of the teen space. The Artwork from the outer gallery has been moved inside the room, and the small gallery artwork is now on free-standing grids outside of the room. Let us know if you need help finding anything. Thank you for your patience during this process. (March, 2018)

Say goodbye to the leak in the Teen Room, because it will soon be history! Work to repair our roof is under way now and will continue through the end of the week.

What to expect... 

We're working to minimize disruptions during this process - but please pardon the noise and smell!

Also, while the roof is being repaired, the Teen Room is off limits to library visitors - but staff at our Adult Information desk or Youth Services desk will be happy to retrieve materials for you.  Teens are also welcome to spread out throughout the library for computer and study time as the work continues. We will have the Teen Room back open as soon as possible.  (E-News, December, 2017)

Mikati, Massarah. "Colonie Library on the Verge of Major Renovation" Times Union. September 18, 2017

We are excited to get started with our capital improvement project! Coming this fall will be a new sign at the Albany Shaker entrance and LED lighting for the parking lot. Phase 1 renovations will begin with work on the roof; we hope to see this start early October. Please watch the Library’s Facebook page for updates; as we know, we will let you know. We will be working to keep any service interruptions and inconveniences down to a minimum. We appreciate your support and your patience. (September, 2017)

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