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Bids For Paramus Library Renovation Under Review

Judy Silver on the reference desk at Paramus Public Library. Life goes on at the library until bids are reviewed prior to major renovation work.
Judy Silver on the reference desk at Paramus Public Library. Life goes on at the library until bids are reviewed prior to major renovation work. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE
Life goes on at the library until bids are reviewed prior to major renovation work.
Life goes on at the library until bids are reviewed prior to major renovation work. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE
The Paramus Public Library on East Century Road, built in 1964 and expanded in 1989, will undergo renovations soon.
The Paramus Public Library on East Century Road, built in 1964 and expanded in 1989, will undergo renovations soon. Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Paramus Public Library reminds all residents that it’s not closed for renovations yet.

“So, come visit!” the library says on its Facebook page. “We are getting lonely.”

When the work will begin at 116 East Century Road was yet to be determined, said Len LoPinto, the library's director.

Bids on the job, which opened May 17, are under attorney review, said Grisel Maza in the borough’s finance department.

“They’re going to totally remodel the building—the ceiling, lighting, carpet, painting, shelving, furniture, tables, the whole shebang,” LoPinto said. “We’ll be more energy- and space-efficient and aesthetically pleasing. It will be beautiful.”

The building dates to 1964. A 1989 addition doubled its size to 14,700 square feet.

“Paramus is the busiest library in Bergen County," LoPinto said, "so we need to reorganize our space."

The renovation is expected to take three to four months.

While work is being done, contingency plans call for the Charles E. Reid Branch of the Paramus Public Library at 239 West Midland Avenue to extend its hours. It will be open four evenings a week, Saturdays, and Sundays, according to LoPinto.

A location for the summer reading program has not yet been announced.

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