– Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) announced today that a $750,000 Keystone Grant has been approved for the Annville Free Library’s project to build an addition linking the existing library at 216 E Main St
“Libraries are the repository of knowledge, entertainment and information access in the digital age - you can research world history or apply for a job on the internet,” Diamond said. “We are fortunate to have a such jewel in the Annville Library in the historic district, and these improvements will have a positive effect on the entire area.”
Marty Brandt, president of Annville Free Library Board of Directors, said the new construction will build an addition linking the existing library at 216 E. Main St. in Annville’s historic district to an adjacent library-owned duplex structure. The library addition will have increased energy efficiency in its HVAC systems, along with increased natural lighting within from energy-efficient windows, and skylights and will benefit from updated security and information technology.
“With two new entrances, a new interior stairway and two new family restrooms — all ADA-compliant — as well as an attractive, dedicated and larger space for the youth program, an outdoor reading patio and rain gardens, this project will help the library to grow with its service area and make the library more accessible for visitors of all ages,” Brandt said.
The construction is anticipated to start this summer and be finished in the third quarter of 2023. During the project construction the library is planning to be open for business.
Brandt noted that this grant is actually the first part of a multi-phase project. Future phases will include the adaptive re-use of the duplex as a community room and renovations in the existing library building to upgrade the HVAC systems; enlarge the children’s library in the lower level; and add new study rooms, new family restrooms, a creativity center for STEM projects, new windows, a new patron social area and new bookstore.
Artist rendition new south entrance.