Final Schematic Design for New Library

Final Schematic Design presentation for Hudson Area Library, Hudson NYAt the January meeting of the Board of Trustees of the library, the Final Schematic Design for the new library was approved. This followed months of work by Vincent Benic Architect, Galvan Foundation and the library. Benic gave a presentation on December 7, 2012 to the Board and representatives from the Galvan Foundation. See more images from this presentation and learn more about progress towards the new library below.

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Seeking Volunteers for Marketing Committee

The Board of Trustees of the Hudson Area Library is seeking volunteers to work on the Marketing Committee.


The Hudson Area Library is entering on a two year project to renovate the Armory (North Fifth and State St.) to become its new home. It is our objective to create a 21st century library that will serve as a new community hub for our library users from Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport as well as other local towns.

Marketing for the Library

To reach this objective and to create ongoing community engagement and support for the long term, the Board is seeking to significantly increase every aspect of how we communicate with library patrons, volunteers, the various communities we serve as well as other stakeholders in government and the corporate and non-profit worlds. Volunteers will work with members of the Board of Trustees and library staff. Continue reading


What Do You Want in Our New Library? – Online Survey

To enable those of you who could not participate in our new library design focus groups to provide us with feedback about what you want in the new library, we have developed an online survey.

Before You Take the Survey

Our library design consultant Kim Cullin has created a presentation, “Creating a Thriving 21st Century Library” to provide a brief overview of the activities, programs, spaces, and tools that are part of what other libraries across the country are doing to become a 21st century library. This presentation will provide you with a larger frame of reference before you fill out the online survey.

NOTE: this file has been compressed to make it easier to download. It will look fine on your computer screen but will not look very good if you print it out.

DOWNLOAD “Creating a Thriving 21st Century Library”

Fill Out the Survey

The survey should take you between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. If you want to stay in touch with us be sure to fill out your contact information on the survey.



Help Design the New Library

March 22, 2012 – Registration Closed

Hudson Area Library Conducting Focus Groups on New Library Design

Seeking Participants to Help Design Our Library of the 21st Century

The Hudson Area Library will be conducting a series of focus groups to gather input for the design of the new library. The library has been working with Kimberly Bolan Cullin, a library design consultant, to develop a program and facilities plan for the new library. Ms. Cullin, who is a nationally recognized expert on 21st century libraries, will lead the one hour sessions. Ten to fifteen people in each focus group will hear a brief illustrated presentation on the library of the future and then have the opportunity to share their ideas about what should be included in the design of the new library.

Ms. Cullin will integrate the inputs from the ten focus groups the library is conducting and combine this with information about the Hudson Area Library and the communities it serves. This will become a facilities plan for the new library. This plan will describe the kinds of programs, spaces, space for books, DVDs, magazine, newspapers, computer terminals, and all of the other elements that we want to have in the library. This then becomes the basis for the architect to develop the plans for the actual building.

Apply By Wednesday March 21, 2012 to Participate

The focus groups will take place between Thursday and Monday, March 22 – 26, 2012, at the library at 400 State St. Hudson. Space will be limited. For more information and to apply to participate go to theFocus Group Application page


Update on the Library’s Move to the Armory

Armory 51 North Fifth St Hudson NY 12534Is the Library moving to the Armory?

Yes. Since we last reported on plans to move the library to the Armory (5th St. and State St.) a lot of progress has been made, though a great deal of hard work remains.

The GalVan Initiatives Foundation (see the Register Star article “Nonprofit’s goal: city’s improvement” -12/31/2011) owns the Armory and offered to partner with the Library in the construction of a new library within the Armory in the 10,000 sq. ft. “drill hall”. The GalVan Foundation will make a large contribution towards the construction costs and then lease the space to the library for 30 years at $12 per year.

Since the initial discussions the Board of the Library and GalVan Initiatives Foundation have held numerous meetings to develop a process to carry out this plan. This resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties that was signed in early January 2012. This document describes the responsibilities of each party and the process to achieve the results desired.

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