Monroeville Library starts work on long-awaited elevator |

Monroeville Library starts work on long-awaited elevator

Dillon Carr
Sign for the Monroeville Library
Municipal and library officials pose for a picture of the library's ceremonial 'wall breaking.' From left Municipal Manager Tim Little, Monroeville Councilman Eric Poach, Library Board of Directors Vice President Dave English, Library Director Nicole Henline, Assistant Director Pamela Bodziock, Library Board of Directors President Debbie Iszauk.

Construction on a long-awaited elevator at the Monroeville Public Library started June 26.

“It’s exciting; we’re looking forward to the end result. In the meantime, we’ll make it work,” library Director Nicole Henline said.

Henline said she expects construction of the $200,000 elevator to last three months. The rooms affected most, she said, will be the children’s library on the first floor and the quiet study room on the second floor. Both areas will be partially closed when crews are working in those areas.

“We moved carts of books and other materials like toys from the children’s library so people still have access to as much as possible,” she said, adding that staff also will be available to access other materials from the children’s library if they are not in the carts.

To accommodate people for quiet study, the library will use Yolanda’s Room on the second floor, Henline said.

“The only time that won’t work is when another program is planned (at Yolanda’s Room),” she said.

The library’s hours will not be affected. They are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The library is closed Sundays through summer months.

Henline acknowledged the inconvenience of limited accessibility to the two rooms.

“Look to the end,” she said. “We’ll have a new elevator that will make the library accessible to all.”

The elevator will replace a lift that connects the library’s two floors. Funds for the new elevator came from a $100,000 state grant in March and $40,000 from the library’s budget. The rest came from money raised through fundraisers in 2016 .

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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