Main Steubenville library set for upgrade

STEUBENVILLE — Plans for a major renovation are under way that will make the Main Library of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County Americans with Disabilities Act accessible.

Library Director Alan Hall said the library board of trustees has been working with Valentour, English, Bodnar, & Howell Architects from Pittsburgh.

The Main Library is on the National Register of Historic Places.

VEBH was hired by library trustees based on the firm’s experience with historic building renovation. VEBH also orchestrated the plan that replaced windows to the 1902 building with historically correct reproduction windows last year.

“We are in the early stages of the project. Once completed, the Main Library will be ADA compliant. We will have constructed a 10,000 square-foot addition that will include a new entrance at street level on Slack Street, new restrooms, an elevator, new computer area, new children’s room and a community room.” Hall explained.

According to Hall, expenses for the project are secured through the library’s capital improvements fund.

Hall said the project will go out to bid in 2017 and projected to be completed by the summer of 2018.

“The changes will be great for the community. We have been wanting to do this for many years. Once completed, the 114-year-old Carnegie building will finally be accessible to all.” said Hall.