Library DrawingThe CONNector

JULY 2001Volume 3 Number 3

New State Library Facility

Rich Kingston, Director, Administrative Services

Photo of the front of the building.
An exterior view
Photo of the inside of the building.
Soon to be developed space

The Connecticut State Library has just completed negotiations to lease a building at 75 Van Block Avenue in Hartford. This facility will address a number of pressing State Library needs. It will be used primarily to store archival and library materials. In addition, the Raymond E. Baldwin Museum of Connecticut History will be able to retrieve valuable items it has stored throughout the state and maintain them in this new facility. The agency plans to install a computer training lab at this location. Meetings, seminars and training sessions will also be conducted at this 45,000 square foot facility in south Hartford. The Department of Public Health will be using a small portion of the building for processing of Vital Records. The building has the capability to be used for other types of State Library related services.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for lease negotiations for all state property, and the State Library has been working with DPW for over two years to obtain archival and collection storage space. Prior to choosing the Van Block site, Georgianne Killeen of DPW and I personally toured nineteen different locations (I have the photographs to prove it). All of us at the State Library are delighted that this building is available as it has a history of serving as a storage facility for both a daily newspaper and an insurance company. Renovations to this space will be fairly minimal as the building was originally designed to suit storage needs, a perfect fit for us.

Current plans are to occupy the building by Labor Day. State Library staff are excited by the possibilities that exist to alleviate some of the more severe storage problems we are currently experiencing. We look at the acquisition of this leased building as a short-term solution to some of our space needs. The construction of new, permanent buildings is the long-term solution for all of these needs.

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