The first floor will be fully renovated, including a new circulation desk and self-check-out machines. The first floor bathrooms will be brought up to ADA standards.
During the construction, the library will be pulling a small amount of books, DVDs, magazines and putting them in the basement, along with six computers. Currently, the basement is used for children's programming.
During the renovation, English Language classes and other programs will be suspended. Residents are being directed to other area libraries until construction is complete in mid-summer.
The last renovation to the Woodhaven Library was following a fire in 1978.
Maria Concolino, president of the Friends of the Woodhaven Library, said the renovations are long overdue.
“I’m glad to see that renovations are finally getting started,” she said.
However, Concolino hopes the upgrades don't end when construction stops in the summer. One of her goals is to get an elevator installed and repair the roof.
“These projects are on my wish list,” she said, noting that a small hole in the roof has resulted in leaks that may have affected the lights.
Concolino would also like to see the air conditioner upgraded. The library is a cooling center in the summer, but the facility had to close on multiple occasions over the past two summers due to excessive heat.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley allocated $800,000 to the project.