Building Project

Construction Update

April 10, 2020

The Covid-19 virus has impacted our personal and professional lives in so many ways. With Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.13 adopted March 29, 2020, our construction project is also impacted. Our Library Trustees voted to stop construction in order to comply with this Executive Order.

Prior to this Executive Order, the steel fabrication company had already shut down and therefore delays can be expected once this virus dissipates and businesses can reopen.

Meanwhile, underground piping for fire systems, sanitary and geo-cool wells has been completed. The sanitary system has also been approved by the Suffolk County Health Department and site inspections have been completed.

Therefore, when we reopen our construction project, we are prepared to pick-up construction without permit delays.

So, will our new library open 1Q2021? Perhaps!

March 4, 2020

Underground work continues:

·         Duct work for electrical
·         Sanitary
·         Heating and cooling

Structural steel is being fabricated. Exterior lighting including exterior electrical outlets are planned for events. Planning for technology, security and sound continue with staff input.

Your new energy, efficient, modern library building will have solar panels, GeoCool underground AC, sustainable interior design with porcelain tile, cork and concrete floors, LED lighting, electric car charging station and state-of-the-art lecture room. It is projected to open Q1 2021.

December 23, 2019

As time progresses, details of your new library are revealed. Neither snow, rain, sleet or wind will keep our builders from their work. Footing and foundation work continues and necessary retaining walls are built.

We worked with the architect to confirm that our beautiful piano can be housed on the stage in the lecture room or be stored when an event requires the use of the entire stage. Small details like this, will greatly impact our day-to-day operation in your new library building.

Brick mock-up of exterior: Brick, Cordova and Cast Stone

November 21, 2019

Work on footings and foundation walls continue. Electricity has returned. Slab on grade pours for Children Department and the Lecture Room on the Lowest Level will begin soon. Can you pour concrete in the cold? YES! With a combination of ingredients and thermal blankets, we can expect to continue to pour concrete in to the cold season.  Calgi is our daily owner’s representative overseeing the construction of our new public library.

New project sign at site.

October 18, 2019

Footings…foundation walls…the progress continues. Cement is continually being poured. Applications for electrical and permits have been submitted. Trailers for electrical engineer, HVAC and our owner’s rep, CALGI are on site.

The shape of your new library emerges from the soil.

September 19, 2019

Ready to set footings for foundation walls.

Trucks of dirt arrive multiple times throughout the day delivering good soil for the project.

Installation of underground drainage systems is underway.​

August 30, 2019

In the next month, the Board of Trustees will work with the architect to finalize the exterior brick and stone colors for the new building.

The construction trailers have arrived. Site preparations continue.

August 22, 2019

There will be a handful of trees removed around the site. Once construction is complete, the project includes the planting of more than 20 mature trees.

Ground Work Update
July 22, 2019

More than 50 years ago, the forward-thinking trustees of your library approved the installation of a GeoCool system to greatly reduce the expense of air-conditioning. That system still functions today and will be utilized to full capacity in your new library. Over the last several months we have been busy maintaining, expanding and repairing it. The wheels of progress continue to turn and soon the underground work will be completed and the above ground work can begin.  Thank you.

Featured Updates
June 11, 2019

Presentation to the The Concerned Fathers Association

Demolition Update

March 13, 2019

February 25, 2019

February 7, 2019

February 4, 2019

Removal of American Flag at Dix Hills
December 4, 2018

We Are Ready!
November 17, 2018

Our temporary location, Chestnut Hill School, is ready and waiting for you. Come see us!

Move In Progress

November 12, 2018

A sneak-peak of Chestnut Hill. We are getting ready to open soon, please continue to check back for updates.

November 7, 2018

Our movers are working hard to get us ready to open at Chestnut Hill Elementary School. Keep checking back for updates. In the meantime, our Melville branch is open with extended hours.

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm

It’s Not A Goodbye, It’s A See You Soon!

As we close the doors to 55 Vanderbilt Parkway, we’d like to thank you for your continued support and patience.

To ensure the community continues to receive 4-star service, we have extended the hours at our Melville branch. Melville will now be open:

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm.

Please continue to check the website and social media for updates regarding our opening of Chestnut Hill.

Enjoy these photos from moving day! View the closing ceremony here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Melville branch.

Programming Update 10/24/18

We Want You to Keep Playing

Relocation Update 10/5/18

Relocation Update 9/20/18

On Monday, August 27, a lease was signed with HHH Central School District for the Dix Hills building of the HHHCL to relocate to Chestnut Hill Elementary School by year-end. The Melville building will be open during this relocation.

Melville Site Improvements 9/5/18

The Melville building’s parking lot is complete. Come by and check it out!


Project Progress 8/31/18

Design documents from our architects, Peter Gisolfi Associates, arrived today.

Melville Parking Lot 7/31/18

As promised, site improvements at the Melville building have started. When visiting the library, please park across the street at Sunquam Elementary School. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Melville parking lot

Meeting with the Architect

On April 25, architects from Peter Gisolfi Associates spent the day with staff members from each department to discuss their dreams and plans for the new building and the future of the HHH Library. Staff members provided insight on programming, library usage and collection development. Additionally, staff members gave suggestions regarding the preliminary drawings and changes. The architects will continually revise the drawings to incorporate input from staff members.

On May 17, the public met with architect Peter Gisolfi. Drawings of the new building were presented and residents had to the opportunity to provide suggestions and input on what they want for the new library.

New Building Update – July 11, 2018

Drawings of the new library have been submitted to New York State Education Department for approval. As mentioned at our public meetings, the process can take 6 to 18 months for approval. In the meantime, we are prepping to move to an alternate location as soon as possible so that site work at 55 Vanderbilt Parkway can begin.

new building front drawing

Melville Site Improvements Update

On June 18, your Board of Trustees approved plans for site improvements to Melville to begin this summer. John Tanzi Architects have been hired to execute the approved drawings below. Plan to see upgrades to the parking lot including curbs, sidewalks, book drop, signage, landscaping and lighting.


Success! Thank you for your support!
YES: 1255    NO: 632

new building

Your Library Board of Trustees


Q. How will a new library benefit the community?
The current library was built in the 1960s. There are technological and structural advances that this building can no longer accommodate. Our community deserves the best, most up-to-date library building, featuring:

  • Fully accessible for all – ADA compliant
  • Elevator available for public use
  • Wider book rows
  • Modern restroom facilities
  • Safe sidewalks and stairs
  • More meeting rooms
  • Quiet study rooms
  • Comfortable seating areas
  • Flexible space for children, teens and adults
  • Technology advancements such as meshed Wi-Fi and digital check-in for meetings
  • More room for digital makerspace/classroom

Q. How much will this cost?
The bond proposal for $14,500,000 will cost a typical household $3.85 per month, less than $1 a week. This equates to $46.20 per year. Stop by the Reference Desk to discover how much it will cost you.

Q. Where will the new library be located?
The new library will be built to meet your needs at its current location at 55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills.

Q. How will this affect me?
This decision will have little effect on your library use. We will continue to offer A+ services and programs to library patrons from a fully staffed alternate location and our Melville building.

Q. Where will the library relocate during construction?
The library will relocate to a fully staffed alternate location during construction, and our Melville Branch will be open.

Q. What are the plans for the Melville Branch?
The Trustees voted to commit funds from capital reserves to improve our Melville Branch. Look for interior and parking lot upgrades as well as a lovely outdoor reading space for all ages.

Melville Plan

Q. How long until the new library is built?
The first phase is delivering final detailed drawings to the NYS Education Department (SED). After SED approval, bids will be received for work. After this phase, the library will move to a temporary location for approximately 15-18 months while construction takes place. The entire process could take from 2½ to 3 years from Oct. 3, 2017.

Q. Who is the architect?
Peter Gisolfi Associates is an award-winning firm of architects known for the design of public and academic libraries, campuses, municipal buildings, hotels and restaurants.

Q. Where will my kids go after school?
We are committed to providing continuous access to library services for all students in the district.

Q. Will there be more parking?
Yes, we are working with the architects to increase the amount of parking spaces that our property will allow which would be from 12-20 additional spaces.

Average Cost

How much will this cost?

The bond proposal for $14,500,000 will cost a typical household $3.85 per
month, less than $1 a week. This equates to $46.20 per year.

Use the formula, stop by the Reference Desk or visit the websites
below if you’d like to learn approximately how much it will cost you.

If you live in the Town of Babylon the multiplier is .55 cents. A home assessed
at $6,000 will pay $33.00/year or $2.75/month (60 .55).

If you live in the Town of Huntington the multiplier is .77 cents. A home assessed at $6,000 will pay $46.20/year or $3.85/month (60 .77).

Dear Residents

Helen M. Crosson, Library Director

Imagine your family enjoying a public library for the 21st century.

Imagine a building with energy efficiency built-in, a place for reading, learning, exercising, music, recording, creating and gathering.

Imagine a space filled with natural light and plenty of spaces for simultaneous meetings, classes and workshops.

Imagine children, parents and grandparents sharing stories and crafts, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Imagine state-of-the-art technology to meet your needs today and tomorrow.

Please attend community meetings and discover how you can get the public libraries you deserve in Dix Hills and Melville.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact me at 631-421-5940 or email me at

Hope to catch you reading,
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Helen M. Crosson, Library Director

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