Haverford Library Gets $12 Million Renovation But Stays Put at Darby and Mill Roads

Image via Pete Bannan, Media News Group.

Haverford Township Commissioners approved a $12 million renovation to Haverford Library last week abandoning a proposal to create a new library at the former Brookline School, writes Pete Bannan for the Daily Times.

Residents like the library’s location near the high school and middle school, but hate its very small 17-space parking lot.

It would cost $29 million to renovate Brookline School and keep the open fields around the school as requested by nearby residents. Renovating the existing library would cost $12 million.

In the end, cost and concern about Brookline’s green space steered the commissioners 6-3 to renovate the existing building.

To alleviate parking problems, there was talk of purchasing and tearing down a private home next to the library to create parking.

“This will be both an exciting and challenging time for the Library and its patrons as this major renovation project unfolds. But the end result will be a more patron friendly, accessible and technologically up to date Library, which is already the most widely used in Delaware County,” said Phil Goldsmith, Board of Trustees president for the Haverford Township Free Library.

Library services would move to the old municipal building during renovations.

Read more about Haverford Library renovations here.

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