Updated 6/12/2019

New York State provides funds for public library construction projects.  This year the funding statewide has been cut back to $14 Million.  That brings 4CLS’s allotment down to $400,100.

| Program Priorities | Application Details | Reduced Match Criteria

A workshop on the Construction Aid Program has been scheduled for Monday, June 10 at 1 PM at the Sidney Library.  

The DLD website has a lot of information about the Construction Aid Program.

Program Priorities

  • Increased effectiveness of library service due to increased and/or improved building space and capacity
  • More efficient utilization of the library building resulting in such economies as energy conservation and increased staff efficiency.
  • Improved access to and use of building services by all library users, including those with physical disabilities
  • Provision of library services to geographically isolated or economically disadvantaged communities

More Information

Application Details

Applications are due to 4CLS by August 30, 2019.

Reduced Match Criteria

To qualify for the reduced local match, a library must demonstrate that it is serving an economically disadvantaged community.  To aid in the process, the 4CLS Board has approved the following criteria:

  1. 15% or more of the population below the poverty line
  2. 65% or more of student enrollment eligible for free or reduced school lunch
  3. Unemployment rate above the state average
  4. Other relevant factors – if a library feels that it is serving an economically disadvantaged community, but does not meet the above criteria, they may present evidence to be considered by 4CLS.

4CLS has determined that all libraries fit the criteria except:

Bovina Center, Cooperstown, Delhi, Greene, Milford, Vestal, 

To aid in the review of applications, these libraries are asked to submit documentation relating to their community for consideration (via e-mail or delivery).

For more information, contact Steven Bachman at or 607-723-8236 ext. 301 or Brian Lee at or 607-723-8236 ext. 304