Library parking lot to close Aug. 1
Will re-open Oct. 1
— The parking lot of the Elkton Central Library will be closed for all of August and September as the lot undergoes the first two of three planned phases of renovations.
From Aug. 1 until Sept. 30, there will be no parking available at the library. The library will remain open, albeit with reduced hours, and patrons can still walk or take Cecil Transit to the branch. During this two-month period, the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, said Frazier Walker, Cecil County Public Library community relations specialist.
The library’s Bookmobile will be located at the YMCA of Cecil County Monday through Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Patrons can borrow books from the Bookmobile as well as pick up any items placed on hold for Elkton. The branch’s external book drop will also be re-located to the YMCA during the construction, Walker
Any items checked out at the Elkton branch will be due at the completion of the construction in October, Walker added.
While CCPL recognizes that closing the parking lot will be inconvenient, Walker
said library staff realized that it makes more sense to close the lot completely and finish the construction faster than to close part of the lot over a longer period of time and still not have enough parking for everyone.
“We want to thank our library users, staff and community partners in advance for their patience and understanding during these updates, which will result in improved conditions and ac-
cess in our Elkton parking lot,” said CCPL acting director Morgan Miller in a statement. “We’d like to extend special thanks to the YMCA of Cecil County for partnering with us to create an additional, convenient site for patrons to drop-off and pickup materials.”
CCPL did talk to officials from Singerly Fire Department, located across the street from the library, about using their parking, but both
organizations ultimately decided that having patrons cross busy Newark Avenue would be a safety issue, Walker said.
The two-month long construction project will lay the groundwork for the library to add 100 additional parking spots in 2018 when the new Gilpin Manor Elementary School opens next door. Construction on the new school is slated to start this fall and, once completed, the
school and library parking lots will be joined to allow for more library parking in overflow situations.
The construction slated to start at the library in August will include two phases. The first phase, which will take place during August, includes installing a solar canopy in the parking lot to generate energy and provide shaded parking and adding two electric vehicle charging stations.
The second phase, in September, will include stormwater management updates, adding a right turn exit lane, re-paving and re-striping the lot and making improvements to the drive-through book drop.
During the closing, CCPL is encouraging patrons to utilize other branches as well as make use of the library’s digital resources including its website, eBooks and its databases.