May 26, 2022

SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library to be Closed For Four Years; $30+ Modernization Program to Begin After Removal of Asbestos is Completed

From the Democrat and Chronicle:

In January, after asbestos particles were found on surfaces in Milne Library at State University of New York at Geneseo, the college shut down the building for remediation work that was expected to last at least through the spring semester.

On Tuesday, however, college president Denise Battles told the campus community via email that the library will remain closed for the next four years — meaning that freshmen who enroll this fall could earn their bachelor’s degrees without ever setting foot inside the Milne building.

It isn’t that the asbestos removal will take longer than originally thought. It’s that the college decided that instead of doing asbestos abatement this year and then embarking on a more than $30 million library renovation in 2022, as originally planned, it will start the massive modernization project immediately after asbestos removal is finished.

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See Also: Milne Library Project FAQ

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