New Library Proposal

Henrietta Library Referendum Community Information Meetings

Saturday, October 14 at 1 PM
Community Room, Henrietta Public Library

Thursday, October 26 at 7PM
Community Room, Henrietta Public Library

Facts About the Library Building Referendum

This Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, residents will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum to build a new library to serve the needs of Henrietta for generations to come. For a printable copy of this fact sheet, click here. To see what this building would look like, click here.


New Building Proposal

  • A new two-floor, 36,000 sq. ft. building.
  • Proposed location is east of the Recreation Center on 2.8 acres of land that will be donated if the referendum passes.
  • Expanded space for most heavily-used and highly-valued functions. (Causewave Community Survey)
           * Books and other collections.
           * Services for families, children, and teens.
           * Spaces for people to work quietly and in groups.
  • More accessible facilities for everyone.
  • Drive-up book drop.
  • Annual estimated cost per household is $18-22 per $100,000 assessed value (based on 3.5-5% interest rate).
           * Cost will be no more than $12.5 million.
           * The Town is asking to bond $10 million.
           * The remaining $2.5 million will be paid for by a combination of funding from the general fund, fund balance, grants, donations, and other unanticipated revenues.
           * The Friends and Foundation of the Henrietta Public Library will be leading fundraising efforts.
  • Current library building will become the new home of the Town Court, building our Town Center per the Town’s Master Plan (2011 Strategic Update).


Our Library Today

  • Built in 1978.
  • 18,500 square feet.
  • 22,000 residents have library cards.
  • 18,000 people visit every month.
  • 1,200 items (mostly books) checked out every day.
  • 2,100 people attend programs monthly, almost triple four years ago.
  • 16 public computers in regular use
  • Cost to renovate and expand current building over $10 million.


Important information about the vote:

  • You must be registered to vote by October 13.
  • To find out if you’re registered, where your polling place is, or to obtain an absentee ballot, visit http://www.monroecounty.gov/etc/voter/.
  • The referendum will be located on the back of the ballot. Be sure to flip the ballot to vote.


For additional information:

Contact Adrienne Furness, Library Director, at 585-444-2301 or Adrienne.Furness@libraryweb.org. Sign up to receive periodic updates about the proposed new library building, including dates and locations of informational meetings.