Selden Building Update

Selden Building Update

Update 8/21/18

We’d like to thank you for your continued support and patience during our Selden Building project. All programs and services have now resumed in Selden. We invite you to stop by and visit our newly renovated spaces.

Update 6/19/18

The Selden Building will be closed on July 16th, 17th, and 18th to allow for installation of the new lobby floor. We appreciate the community’s continued patience and support as we complete the final stages of this renovation.

Update 3/1/18

The newly renovated Adult and Youth Services spaces in the Selden building will be open to the public beginning Monday, March 5th. The entire Selden collection will once again be available for browsing, and public access computers will be available. The lobby remains under construction, so circulation services and reserves pick-up will still be located in the Teen Resource Center. We would like to thank the library community for its continued patience and support while renovations have been underway.

Update 1/19/18

The renovations continue to progress at the Selden building. Here are some photos showing the construction of the new entrance and the expanded lobby:

Update 10/24/17
The renovations to our Selden location are progressing nicely. We are pleased to announce that part of the building will reopen for patrons beginning on Monday, November 6, and the building will resume its regular hours of operation. Patrons will now have expanded access to materials and services. The building is still an active construction site and as such, to ensure the safety of those in the library, certain areas will remain closed. Patrons will enter the library through the N. Bicycle Path parking lot.  We would like to thank the library community for your continued patience and support while renovations are underway. Please check the library’s website for updates.


We’re excited to announce the start of renovations at our Selden location. Work will take place during the summer months and the remodel of the building will create a streamlined user-friendly layout and design.

Visitors will be greeted by a new entrance, re-positioned for more convenient access in and out of the building. In addition, the new lobby will be designed to support the library’s current self-service circulation model and will include a 24 hour drive up material return. Adult and Youth Services will also receive upgrades including additional space for programs and collections.

Check this page to see updates on what’s going on with the project.

Project FAQ

When will construction take place?
Construction will begin in mid-June and the projected scope of work will take approximately 6 months to complete.

Will patrons have access to library services at Selden during construction?
Yes, with the exception of the weekend of June 10th and 11th. After that, and throughout the initial phase of construction, there will be a temporary point of service at the Selden location where patrons will be able to request items, pick up reserves, register for programs, and speak with a reference librarian. Fax/copier services will also be available. During this phase of construction, patrons will need to enter the library parking lot from the entrance on Middle Country Road because the entrance on North Bicycle Path will be closed.

What about programs?
Library programs that would have been held at Selden during this period will be held at the Centereach building instead.

Will my taxes go up?

How is it being paid for?
The project is being realized through prudent financial planning and funds that were allocated to the library’s capital reserves.

How will the library be improved?

  1. Entrance
    • Re-positioning of the main entrance closer to the visitor parking lot
  2. Lobby
    • Redesign to support the library’s current self-service circulation model
    • Drive up material return, available 24 hours a day
    • Vending and coffee station
  3. Youth Services Department (Lower Level)
    • New children’s programming room and bathroom
    • Designated teen computers and teen seating area
    • Direct access to the Teen Resource Lounge
  4. Adult Services (Upper Level)
    • Three small meeting rooms and bathroom
    • Additional public computers
    • Area for Miller Business Collection

Who can I contact if I have any questions?
For more information, please contact Ryan Gessner at, or Tracy LaStella at, or call 631-585-9393.


Architect’s Renderings of the Project