Libraries in Allegany and Olean will receive funds from a State Education Department program that supports construction and renovation projects.

The program will provide the Allegany Public Library with $31,235 for interior renovations. The Olean Public Library will receive $186,488 to replace heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment.

The funds are part of $34 million in state aid to 251 public libraries across the state.

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“When we invest in public libraries, we invest in our communities,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “This state aid will help over 250 libraries make much-needed renovations or upgrades so they can best serve the children, families and adults who visit every day.”

“Public libraries are there to support learners of every age, ability and background and are a focal part of their community – that’s why it’s so important to invest in our libraries,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said. “These funds will help libraries expand their program spaces, make necessary building repairs and upgrades, and provide computer technology that people rely on every day.”

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