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Cortland Free Library Awarded Over $600K in State Aid


The Cortland Free Library on Church Street in the City of Cortland has been awarded $601,750 dollars in state aid for library construction funds, Assemblymember Anna Kelles announced.

With the funds, the library will be able to reconfigure the main reading room, expanding and reconfiguring elevator access, installation of an updated HVAC system, and enhancing accessibility and energy efficiency in the library.

Jen Graney, Cortland Free Library Director, stated, “This funding will help us improve the accessibility of the library, expanding the elevator access to the second and third levels and opening up areas that were previously inaccessible to those with mobility challenges. We want the library to be a space that can be used and enjoyed by all, so I am excited that this funding will help us make that possible.”

The funds, like the money given to the Tully Free Library, come from $34 million dollars in capital funds for public library construction and broadband infrastructure projects in the 2022-2023 State Budget.

Assemblymember Anna Kelles stated, “Libraries are the lifeblood of every community. In particular, libraries have been indispensable through the pandemic and through our post-pandemic adjustment to a new normal. Libraries have provided education and tutoring, access to the internet, job training, and in some cases, sites for food pantries and shelter from the storms of life. Last year we fought hard to increase capital funding for libraries in the budget, and it is so exciting to see the additional $34 million we secured being put into action. Over $600,000 to the Cortland Free library means that deferred maintenance and reconfiguration needs can move forward to ensure the library is truly accessible to all Cortland residents. A huge congratulations to the hardworking staff of the library for their great work every day for us all!”

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