BERLIN — Visitors to the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library will find navigating the building easier with the recent addition of an elevator.
“Everybody was very happy to see it,” said Library Director Helen Malinka, who cut the ribbon at the elevator’s opening April 28. “It’s been a long time coming.”
The second floor of the Kensington Road building is home to the library, while the first houses the Parks and Recreation Department, Community Center, Library Book Sale Room and some library storage.
The lack of an elevator made the building noncompliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The state awarded a $125,500 grant for the elevator. At a total cost of around $280,000, the remaining funds came from other grants and donations.
“The library has to be accessible to everyone,” said Barbara Gombotz, chairperson of the town Commission on Aging, who pushed for the installation. “I’m just so happy that it’s finally done.
“I can’t wait to get down there and ride,” she added.