Public Library Construction Program

NYS Aid for Public Library Construction

The State Aid for Library Construction Grant Program for our region is administered through the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System. Visit’s’s Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on this program.


Before you apply:

Submissions for the 2016/2017 NYS Aid for Library Construction have ended. Please check back later for more information regarding the 2017/2018 applications. Check out the Important links section of this page for more helpful information.

The deadline by which all applications must be filed in the NYS Education Department’s online portal is Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Need help?

Contact the construction specialists at CEFLS, Julie Wever at or (518) 563-5190 ext. 18 and David Fuller at or (518) 563-5190 ext. 22, for additional guidance.

 2016 fiscal year received funding from NYS Aid for Library Construction

Chateaugay Memorial Library: $47,867.00 to repurpose a previously unused space, replace outside book drop with internal unit, replace awning, add security, and update furnace system.

Elizabethtown Library Association: $17,316.00 to replace deteriorating roof, torn carpet, worn bathroom floor, lighting, and ceiling tiles, and improve access to circulation desk.

Essex Belden Noble Memorial Library: $60,179.00 to restore exterior doors, windows, and roof, restore and paint exterior, add insulation, improve lighting, and increase and improve space available for programs.
Keene Valley Library Association: $98,842.00 to insulate the building envelope and update the heating system to increase efficiency in the local history room in the first phase of their construction project.

Keeseville Free Library Association: $18,956.00 to replace cracked and missing slate on roof and to address wheelchair access ramp safety issues.

Plattsburgh Public Library: $30,317.00 to improve energy efficiency with LED lighting, install a weatherproof book drop, and renovate heating and cooling system.

Tupper Lake Goff-Nelson Memorial Library: $45,035.00 to replace exterior trim, add flashing to new trim, and remove nonfunctional deck.

Total: $318,512.00

 Important links

NYSED Library Development State Aid for Library Construction

Project Enable - Universal Design Library Checklist

ALA - Equal Access: Universal Design of Libraries

University of Washington - Equal Access: Universal Design of Libraries