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March 28, 2014

Bids for library project to be opened Thursday

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The library will temporarily be located at 167 Elm St. (Route 110) in the same strip mall as Simon’s Roast Beef. Library officials hope to reopen there on or about May 1.

The actual move is expected to occur around April 14. However, the current book drop box will remain available for patrons to use until it is moved to outside the temporary library, Kyrios said.

Avid library users won’t be without services for an entire month, Kyrios said; they can use their Salisbury library cards at any of the libraries in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, such as Newburyport and Amesbury. Those who need new cards or want to pay a last visit should get to library quickly, which is what’s been happening, Kyrios said.

The current design increases its size from 3,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet, with the additional space doubling its capacity for books, CDs and DVDs, as well as providing 16 computers for public use, instead of only three.

Plans show rooms for tutoring or study groups, a dedicated young adult section and a children’s room, multiple reading areas, a meeting room for community events, a special genealogical/historical research section, increased WiFi access, handicap accessibility, including restrooms on both floors, and double the amount of parking.

For their money, taxpayers will get to spend more time at the new library, as its hours will be extended from the current 32 over four days to 46 hours over six days, plus extended evening hours twice a week with a half-day on Saturday.

The new library will cost about $150,000 more to operate annually, since it will need more staff and energy to run it, but Harrington believes the town’s revenues will be able to handle those costs.

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