Completion of Berlin library elevator expected next year

Completion of Berlin library elevator expected next year


BERLIN — Patrons of Berlin-Peck Memorial Library will soon have easy access to both floors of the building with the use of an elevator.

“We just got the final specs in from an architect,” said Helen Malinka, library director.

Over $250,000 in state grants and community donations was acquired for the elevator project in 18 months.

Initial electrical and mechanical work will begin this summer with construction in the fall. Completion is expected in January.

“We’re very excited,” Malinka said.

Currently the building is not compliant with federal handicapped access laws.

If patrons want to visit the bottom floor of the library, where the weekly book sales are held, they must travel down the hill and enter from the first floor entrance of the Community Center, which is attached to the library.

Elderly visitors often have difficulty accessing the library and have complained about the steep hill in the past.

With the elevator, patrons will be able to park in the lower level handicap accessible lot and get a lift up to the main library floor.

The elevator will be situated in the front lobby on the right hand side wall in front of the circulation desk. There is already an elevator shaft built into the building.

There will be two different access doors to the elevator, upstairs and downstairs.

Construction will mainly take place on nights and weekends with little disruption to the library, Malinka said.

The book sale room may be inaccessible in the fall, though Malinka said they are still working on the plans.

The project is expected to go out to bid soon.


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