RESTORE, RENEW, REIMAGINE
Moffat Library Wins Library Assoc. 2018 Public Library Building Award
The Moffat Library of Washingtonville is honored to receive a 2018 New York Library Association Public Library Section Building Award for Renovation & Restoration of a public library serving over 20,000 people. The Award was presented to the Moffat Library on Friday, November 9th in Rochester, New York, at the New York Library Association’s Annual Meeting.
The Library is one of two recipients of this biennial award, one of which goes to a library in a community serving less than 20,000 in population and one going to a library serving over 20,000 in population. The award alternately focuses on renovation and restoration one year and new construction the next.
The focus of the two awards is the impact that a public library construction project has had on the library’s ability to provide services to its community. A special emphasis is placed on projects that demonstrate cost effective solutions to space challenges, as well as innovative usage of space and floor plans.
The historic Moffat Library Restore, Renew & Reimagine renovation and restoration project held many challenges. Moffat Library is a designated historic landmark building and was built as a library in 1887. After getting input from the community on what they wanted their new Moffat Library to be, it was clear that the community wanted a 21st century library facility. However, they also wanted to retain the historic character of the original 1887 library building. In the design of the renovation and addition to the original building, the architects (Butler Rowland Mays) worked diligently with library board members and staff to create a plan that kept many of the historical elements, while combining with modern library needs and functionality.
The success of that process was evident when the Moffat Library re-opened its doors on September 16, 2017. Our community has been using the library more than it has ever been used in its 130-year history. Over this first year in our renovated facility, circulation of library materials has increased an average of 40%. And we are presenting more programs and new services in greater numbers than we have ever done before.
After being displaced from the historic Moffat Library building in 2011 due to damage from Hurricane Irene, this recognition is even more poignant for our community, who rose up from that devastation that was felt not only with the library, but also within the community itself, where many community members suffered devastation to their homes and livelihoods.
Moffat Library wishes to express their thanks to the New York Library Association for recognizing the Moffat Library Restore Renew & Re-imagine building project and to our community, who recognize the value of their historic Moffat Library.