Budget & Library Project Update
On May 12, 2015 at the town meeting at Yeomans Hall, the people of Columbia approved the FY ’15-16 budget. Included in this budget was funding for Library Renovation – Phase III.
Library Renovations will include the necessary repairs to the roof, HVAC, carpeting, etc. It is anticipated that it will also include additional 2000 + square feet to be added to the back of the building. This space will accommodate the much needed separate programming space.
As of this time, the project will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals on May 28, 2015. Presuming all goes well, the Library anticipates the project starting at the end of summer, after we conclude our summer reading program. It is estimated the project will last approximately 8 months.
Patrons should anticipate a few weeks with the Library closed during August. However, we will be back and up and running at the Meeting Place in September and for the duration of the project.
We will keep you informed here and in our newsletter. There is also an email list for building related news. If you wish to sign up for that list, please e-mail: email@example.com with your name and email.
INTERLIBRARY LOAN CHANGES
STARTING JUNE 30, 2015 THE CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY WILL SHUT DOWN THE STATEWIDE ONLINE INTERLIBRARY LOAN NETWORK KNOWN AS REQUEST.
This is a temporary shutdown as the State migrates the data to a new database system. The State plans to implement the new online system in the fall. We will keep you informed of updates as we, ourselves, know them.
Library users will still be able to obtain items through interlibrary loan during this downtime! However, the “request this item” button will not be available and you will not be able to search other library catalogs from ours during this time.
Libraries across the state are in the process of working out our logistics for how we will provide ILL service. More information will be coming in the next few weeks.
Saxton B. Little Library’s access to REQUEST will end and our transition to the new ILL system will begin on June 1st. At that time, if you wish to search for items at other libraries, you may do so by entering as a guest into the catalog of the library of your choice. We have provided a page on our website with links to other library’s catalogs. You may access this page under the “Login to my Account” menu item above.
It is likely that processing times for interlibrary loans will take longer during this period (in particular at the start) as we work out our systems. We beg your patience and understanding that all libraries in the state will be experiencing the same issues.