The Baldwinsville Public Library has moved its book drop a few yards from its old location.
While that may not sound like big news, the project was long requested by library patrons and the library's Director and Board of Trustees heard the need and have responded with hard work to complete the project.
"We've been trying to make this happen for about 14 years, and thanks to a New York State Public Library Construction Grant, it is finally bought, installed and working for our patrons," said Library Director Marilyn Laubacher.
The long-awaited move was a response to patron complaints that the book drop was not available during library hours. Library staff discovered soon after the building opened that the drop was not useable during open hours in its former location, a closet adjacent to the Community Room.
No matter how much sound proofing the library installed, when library users dropped off books, any meetings or events in that room were subjected to loud thuds and clanks as the books slid through the slot into the returns bin. With the new drop opening into a utility room, the noise is no longer a problem, and patrons can make quick returns at any time, day or night, without having to travel into the library.
Baldwinsville's new book drop is located near the end of the parking lot to the left of the main entrance. A special parking space in the new location is designated for "Book Drop Parking Only." Library patrons can now pull into that parking space to return books or media without disturbing small children, pets or other passengers in their vehicle.
For a few weeks after the book drop opened in November, library patrons did not notice the newly marked parking space, but since the library put out orange cones to mark the space people are starting to use it for its intended purpose.
Baldwinsville Public Library is a member of the Onondaga County Public Libraries and is chartered to serve the residents of the Baldwinsville School District. More information on library services is available on their Web site at bville.lib.ny.us.
(From left) Trustees Barbara Aitken and Bruce King, Library Director Marilyn Laubacher, and Trustees Nelson Butler and Bob Manning select a spot on the wall for the new book drop.