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Inaugural ride for Bryant Library elevator

A new $200,000 elevator at Bryant Library in Roslyn had it first ride Tuesday, 15 months after the old one was taken out of service for repeatedly trapping staff members and patrons inside.

Library director Cathy Mealing said the library initially thought the elevator could be repaired, but the contractor determined the 1960s-era lift couldn’t be fixed.

“The hydraulics, the electrical, everything had to be replaced,” Mealing said. The work also included a new cab.

While the elevator was out of service, disabled patrons used ramps to the other floors, Mealing said.

The library’s board of directors will hold a meeting on Monday to decide a date for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mealing said the library plans to pair with the Rotary Club of Roslyn and the Friends of the Bryant Library to hold a fundraising dinner in the fall to help offset the project cost. The library also secured a $50,000 state grant.

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