Join us Saturday, June 12, for the grand opening of the Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch Library! We’ll celebrate the opening of our last new neighborhood library under the Branch Improvement plan with a free party for the whole community. The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. with speeches by library and city leaders, along with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with neighborhood children. The festivities continue with refreshments courtesy of hospitality sponsor Price Chopper, book giveaways from the Junior League of Albany, library giveaways, and entertainment. The new library is at 148 Henry Johnson Boulevard, between 1st and 2nd Streets.
Work on the $5.7 million, 12,000-square-foot branch began in April 2009. The modern steel and glass structure was designed by Hom & Goldman of New York City and built by Sano-Rubin Construction of Albany. The project manager is the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.
The Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch is a shining beacon welcoming the community to find education and entertainment at the library. The contemporary, inspiring building features a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and a soaring ceiling. One of the other signature features of this branch is an indoor garden. The open-space floor plan includes separate areas for adults, teens, and children, as well as two community meeting rooms, and three study rooms. The library was built using “green” design and construction principles and materials, and is expected to achieve a LEED silver designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the first-ever library to serve the West Hill neighborhood, and the first in more than 40 years to serve the Arbor Hill neighborhood. The finished library will house an expansive collection of 75,000 items for customers of all ages, as well as a state-of-the-art computing system with 22 public access computers and free Wi-Fi internet connections, all in a wonderful, energy efficient, and environmentally responsible building.