BELLOWS FALLS—The Rockingham Free Public Library (RFPL) has installed a temporary lift to assist patrons with library access. The lift will be in place while a new stairwell and elevator are being constructed as part of the RFPL’s $2.95 million renovation project.
Now that these temporary steps are built, library staff said that the old elevator will be closed off. Partition walls will then be built on the first floor in preparation for building the new stairwell.
Using the temporary lift requires library staff help. At the bottom of the stair entrance, a bell has been installed for patrons to ring to request assistance. Patrons who want more information about access can call the library at 802-463-4270.
Work continues on the historic 1909 building. So far, a steel fence has been installed around the perimeter of the library to keep people away from the ongoing work. Demolition began in the basement with removal of the boiler, radiators, plumbing, floor, and ceiling tiles.
On the top floor, the large glass display case was protected with a wooden encasement in preparation for electric and plaster work. Electricians have removed old wiring and have run temporary lighting in the basement and in the attic of the 1929 wing of the library.
To follow the progress of the library project, visit www.rockinghamlibrary.org/renovate.
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