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Fairport Library Renovation Project

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FPL Proposed Layout (Interior) FPL Proposed Layout (Exterior) Proposed Entrance (Conceptual)



We’re making great progress on our renovation at Village Landing! We are currently on track to reopen at the end of September and the new library is beginning to take shape.

The inside has been completely gutted and the new walls are going up, giving a glimpse of the layout we’ve envisioned. This corner area will hold the adult non-fiction collection.

While you’re in the village, be sure to walk by and see the new windows that have been added along Main Street. We’ll be placing tables and chairs along the edges of that side of the library, allowing people to work and read in the natural light provided by the new windows.

We’ve moved our Main Street entrance over to the north side of the building, opening into Kenneally Park.  The old entryway has been closed up and new windows have been added as part of the Memorial room with our glass art panels. There are also several quiet study rooms at this end of the building.

We’re making progress on our renovation. Remember that while our regular location is closed, we have two temporary locations. Our main collection is at 30 Perinton Hills Office Park and our “Little Library” is on Main Street where Candy Nation used to be.

January 14, 2015 - Surplus Furnishings

The Fairport Public Library is liquidating library furniture and shelving left after a move.  The Library is accepting bids for the removal of all items.
View photos of some of the items, and see all items during our scheduled walkthrough.
For more information contact Betsy Gilbert  or call 585-223-9091


Friday, January 16 at 3:00 pm: Walkthrough at 1 Village Landing
Tuesday, January 20 at 5:00 pm: Deadline for bid submittals
Wednesday January 21:  Proposal will be selected, bidding companies will be notified
Tuesday, January 27 at 5:00 pm:  All items must be removed from site


December 15, 2014 - Construction Bid Opportunities

Information about the library's construction project and bid announcements can be found here. All details about the project details, deadlines, and pre-bid information meeting are listed there.


November 3, 2014 - Renovation Relocation

Library closes on December 1st for relocation to temporary space at Perinton Hills Mall. We hope to re-open there tentatively on January 2nd.

  • This applies to only Fairport Library materials:

3 week items checked out after 11/9
1 week items checked out after 11/23
2 day items checked out after 11/28

These items will not be due until January 12, 2015.

  •  Materials can be returned to other libraries while the library is closed.
  •  HOLDS will not be available for pickup during the month of December. Fairport will not be available as a pickup branch after November 17th. Please contact us before December 1st if you wish to change your pickup location for holds already placed.
  •  The library’s phone number will remain the same (223-9091)  but as of December 1st, our computer network and telephone system will be moved and not operational for a few days. Please call another library with reference questions or about your library account until the library re-opens in January.
  •  Library hours will remain the same after we re-open at the temporary location.
  •  Call us or check the events calendar for the locations of library programs. 
  •  The library will be in office space that is located between the Rochester Athletic Club and the American Red Cross.


September 19, 2014

The Library has issued a Request for Proposal for relocation services as part of our renovation project. The RFP can be found at Proposals are to be submitted at the library no later than 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014. For more information, please contact Betsy Gilbert at 585-223-9091.


September 11, 2014

Fairport Public Library has issued a Request for Proposal for a RFID Purchase and Implementation Project. The RFP can be found at Proposals are to be submitted at the library no later than 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014. For more information, please contact Tori Reilly at 585-223-9091.

This RFID Project will include the book theft and security system, self-check out units, and a more accurate and efficient way of managing the library's materials collection.

June 5, 2014

The Renovation Project Proposition was approved by voters on May 20th (YES - 2541  NO - 955) and the Library Board has contracted with SWBR Architects to begin the next phase of this project. Because the initial designs were conceptual, the architects will now begin to develop and finalize the design schematics, to be tentatively completed by early July. Further steps will involve detailed plans as preparation for the construction bidding process in the Fall.

  • When will construction start?
    • The tentative plan is that construction will start in mid-January.
  • When will the library move and where will it go during construction?
    • The tentative plan is that the library will close and begin moving out in mid-December.
    • The location has not been determined, but we are working hard on that issue.
  • When will the project be completed?
    • The tentative plan is that the project will be completed and the library will re-open mid-September 2015.

 March 25, 2014

The Fairport Public Library's Board of Trustees has approved a proposed project to renovate the library in its existing space and to put the issue before voters in the Fairport Central School District on Tuesday, May 20. On that date, the community also will vote on the Fairport Central School Budget and Fairport Public Library budget.
There will be five public meetings in the library over the next few weeks where the renovation project details will be explained. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.
Wednesday        March 26     7pm
Thursday           March 27     2pm
Thursday           April 10       7pm
Wednesday        April 23       2pm
Saturday            April 26      10am

March 13, 2014

A Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The Board will vote on the Renovation Project Proposal and a Communications Services agreement. The meeting will take place at the Library in the Elma Gaffney Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome to attend.

February 6, 2014

The first public presentation for the library renovation project was held last night with architects Jeff Hoover and Randy Sickler giving an overview of the conceptual plan to renovate existing library space. Handouts from the presentation are available here and comments may be sent to Betsy Gilbert, Library Director, and/or Mark Haefele, Board President. The library has the conceptual drawing and floor plans on display and there will be additional public meetings scheduled in the coming weeks.

January 22, 2014

The Fairport Public Library began a space planning/renovation project last fall for our current Fairport Village Landing facility.  The SWBR Architect firm has been engaged to review existing building condition studies and the library’s Long Range Plan.  The process also gathered current community considerations through public meetings and a survey, with added input about facility use and condition from library staff and trustees.

The initial work is complete with the architects' recommendation for an efficient reorganization and renovation of existing library space. A public meeting has been scheduled in the library on Wednesday, February 5th, at 7:00pm, where SWBR Architects will present their Draft Proposal for the Library Renovation Project. Details, proposed floor plans, and next steps towards a public vote will be presented. Everyone is welcome.

January 21, 2014

At the January Board meeting, Randy Sickler of SWBR Architects presented the results of the community survey about the renovation project. He explained how input gathered from meetings with the community, library staff and trustees, plus the survey results, led to the proposed reorganization and renovation recommendations. The survey results and an initial draft layout of existing library space are available here on the Board of Trustees webpage. Another public presentation will be scheduled to provide greater detail and next steps to a public vote in May 2014.

October 17, 2013

A survey is now available as an option for community residents to contribute ideas about the library's renovation project. Between now and Monday, October 28th, we will be collecting responses about future library services for all ages. Your comments will be shared with the architects as they continue to develop plans for the library's renovation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Click here for the survey.


October 7, 2013

One of the primary goals of the library's Long Range Plan was "Renovate and repurpose the library facility in a cost effective manner to provide features and services that can be operated efficiently." The Library Board of Trustees selected SWBR Architects to conduct a space planning study and develop a renovation plan for the existing library facility. Part of that process involves gathering ideas about current and future library services from staff, trustees and the residents of the Fairport Central School District.

Three community input sessions have been scheduled with architect Jeff Hoover on Thursday, October 24th, at 10:30am, 2:00pm, and 7:00pm, in the library's meeting room. With three different time slots, we hope to hear from adults, teens, seniors, families--everyone who uses the library. Registration is not necessary for these sessions so please come and listen to Jeff's ideas and share your own for the renovation of the library.

If you cannot attend any of these meetings, comments may be directed to Betsy Gilbert, Library Director, or by calling 223-9091. This page  will also be the place to find ongoing news as plans progress.