As the needs of the community began to grow, it became evident that the library would need to expand in order to best meet these needs. In 1967 the population was 14,000, quickly increasing to 25,800 by the 2000s. Thus, a renovation and expansion of the original building (built in 1967) was planned. The library’s present director, Mr. Guy Edwards, would oversee this planning, as well as the subsequent renovation and expansion of the original building, from 2000-2005.
In October of 2001 the library released a special news bulletin containing information about the finalization of the library bond project, as well as details about the renovation and expansion plans, and the associated upcoming vote.
November 8, 2001
On the evening of November 8, 2001 a public meeting was held at the East Islip School District administration building, providing residents with the opportunity to become familiar with the plans for the renovation and expansion of the library, as well as the chance to pose related questions to library representatives.
December 6, 2001
The bond vote for the renovation and expansion of the library was held on December 6, 2001. The new building was funded with an 8.25 million dollar bond that will be paid over a 20 year period. This cost represents the total of all construction and professional fees.
September 13, 2003
Groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of the original building occurred on September 13, 2003 at 12:00 noon. The architect of the new building was Beatty, Harvey and Associates. The contractor of the new building was Rockmore Contracting Corporation of Smithtown, NY.
December 16, 2004
The new addition to the library opened on Thursday, December 16, 2004. The newly added space was 16,800 square feet, including two stories and a basement. This marked the completion of phase one of the initiative.
The library renovation and expansion project was fully completed by February of 2005. The new building measured a total of 34,000 square feet, approximately double its former size.