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JERSEY CITY, N.J.: Oct. 4, 2017 –The Jersey City Free Public Library announces the upcoming temporary closure of the 3rd Floor of the Main Library, in order to permit the operation of construction crews replacing the windows.

As part of Phase II of the Main Library’s ongoing renovations, the aluminum windows are being replaced with historically-correct, energy-efficient wooden windows. As the Library has previously announced, some departments will be closing temporarily on a rotating basis to accommodate the window replacements.

The temporary closure of the 3rd Floor will begin Monday, October 16; the anticipated reopening date of the 3rd Floor will be announced as soon as that information is available.

“We recognize that Library closures can be inconvenient to our patrons, so we have planned the renovation in phases in order to maximize the amount of time that we can keep the building open during construction,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner. “Closing the entire floor at once allows us to minimize the overall disruption to our patrons.”

As a result of the temporary closure of the 3rd Floor, the New Jersey Room, as well as some Library staff offices, will be closed. The services of the New Jersey Room will continue to be available on a limited basis during the closure, and librarians are available by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone (201-547-4503) to assist patrons with inquiries and questions.

Phase I of the renovations, which was completed in 2016, included: the restoration of the exquisite architectural details in the Lending Department; a new elevator; barrier-free access to the Main Library entrance and renovated restrooms; and a new basement sprinkler system.

“The ongoing renovations of the Main Library will ensure that this marvelous cultural and educational asset will continue to play a vital role in our community for another century to come,” said Gardner. “We apologize for the temporary inconveniences brought about by construction and we thank our patrons for their patience.”

About The Jersey City Free Public Library:

The 127-year-old Jersey City Free Public Library serves New Jersey’s second-largest city – and the most diverse city in the nation. The library system consists of a Main Library, nine branches, and our wheelchair-accessible traveling branch, the Bookmobile, that was custom-designed and -built, and on the road since May 2008. The Jersey City library system provides access to a diversified collection of 400,000+ pieces of printed, audiovisual, and electronic resources that addresses the needs of the truly multicultural clientele of 247,597 residents (U.S. Census 2010). The Library offers patrons automated catalog and circulation services, for searching at home or from library Public Access computers. As of today, October 4, 2017, the Jersey City Free Public Library has 221,784 valid card members.

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