Scranton library reopens after renovation project

Nearly $500,000 in improvements

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - For the first time since late November, people got a chance to check out books from the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton Monday.

Many were also checking out the facility's new look.

"It's just wonderful. I love the way they've re-finished the wood and so forth, you know," Helen Hopkins of Scranton said.

From new flooring and lighting and a new custom-built circulation desk on the first floor to new paint and carpets on the second floor, the library underwent a nearly $500,000 makeover.

"It looks much bigger. It looks more professional. It's beautiful," Ronald Schmidt of Scranton said.

Ronald Schmidt often walks down to the library and was impressed by the changes.

"The history stuff in here, the videos and the books, it's stuff you'll never learn in school. It's unbelievable," Schmidt said.

The Albright Memorial Library is nearly 125 years old.

Many people are happy it's still open and they hope it lasts another 125 years.

"It goes against the trend of tearing things down and putting new," Marvin Ostrower of Scranton said.

Betsey Moylan once worked at the library from 1975 to 1980.

She calls the facility a "treasure" in downtown Scranton.

"So many people will say why do you need libraries? There's Google. It's the experience. It's the experience. We have people to guide them through the process of finding information," Betsey Moylan said.

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