Upper West Library Reopens After 2 Years on Shelf

Monday, Feb 1, 2010  |  Updated 11:00 AM EDT
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Upper West Library Reopens After 2 Years on Shelf

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St. Agnes Public Library

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You could call it long overdue, but the the New York Public Library is reopening its historic St. Agnes branch today, right on schedule.

The branch on Manhattan's Upper West Side closed in October 2007 for a $9.5 million renovation. It was reopening to the public on Monday.

It has 40 public computers, and an entire floor for children, including a new story-hour room.

The 104-year-old, nearly 18,000-square-foot library is one of the city's original 67 branches funded by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

A reopening ceremony will be held on Feb. 11.

The top-to-bottom improvements include a new roof, windows, air conditioning and heating systems. The library also got new furniture, bookshelves, lighting, an elevator and an entrance ramp.
 

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