In 2006, the voters of Briarcliff Manor approved the borrowing of up to $4 million to expand the Library. But this does not get us all the way to the Library our community needs. The Village's plan for the new Library has always entailed a public/private partnership: public money to fund construction of the addition and provide minimal rehabilitation of the original building, and private money to furnish the Library and complete the restoration of the original building.
The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, Inc., a tax-exempt charity organized pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, has begun its campaign to raise $1 million for the expanded Library and Cultural Center. Of this money, approximately $750,000 will transform the existing English Tudor Revival building into a reading and reference room that restores the warmth and beauty of the original structure yet also provides state-of-the-art Library facilities. The remaining $250,000 will provide furnishings that complement the architectural and aesthetic setting. This one-time capital campaign lessens the Village's project costs and, consequently, minimizes the ongoing tax burden to the Village's taxpayers.
This Capital Campaign, paired with the Village's commitment to build the addition, will make our Library the cultural jewel this Village deserves. The reading room will be comfortable and welcoming, a place to catch up on reading, review the newspaper or have quiet conversations with neighbors. Children and teens will have appealing rooms dedicated to their use. The community room will have seating for events, wall space for artwork, and a piano for musical performances. The Briarcliff Manor Historical Society will, for the first time, have a space dedicated to its collection, so that this valuable community resource is available to all.