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Phase 2 Begins
With You!

With an estimated $4,200,000 to be raised, Phase 2 of the Fort Lee Library's Renovation includes:
-New Children’s Center with a new room for Children's programs
-New enclosed Teen Room with noise reduction
-Additional small meeting/work rooms for patrons
-Small conference rooms
-More seating
-Updates throughout the entire building including new flooring, lighting, and furniture.
Phase 2 should have something for everyone.

Let's build our new library, TOGETHER!

Progress So Far

Designs for the New FLPL are based entirely on the community feedback that created the library's new strategic plan. You told us what you wanted and we listened! The $2,350,000 cost of Phase 1 is fueled by a generous grant from the NJ State Library Capital Projects Fund and the use of Library reserves. The first part of our Library’s renovation may soon be underway. Phase 1 of our renovation project will modernize and improve about 28% of the existing library and is expected to start late 2024/early 2025. The library will remain open during this time. Contracts will be going out to bid soon, giving us a better idea of a timeline for the completion of Phase 1. A full list of FAQs and more renovation information is available from the Fort Lee Library's Renovation website.

What's in Phase 2?

Once funded, Phase 2 plans to renovate the rest of the library and add a significant expansion to the building. Designs include a new two-floor Children’s Center, new Teen Room, completing the flooring, furniture, and lightning throughout, plus necessary updates across the entire building. But, the new FLPL is incomplete without your donation.

How much is Phase 2?

Phase 2 has an estimated total cost of $5,228,000. Fort Lee Borough has committed to ensuring the future of the Library by pledging $1,000,000, and the Library is actively seeking construction grants. After the Library and Borough’s financial commitments, there is still an estimated $4,200,000 to be raised. Only with donations to the Friends from Fort Lee & Englewood Cliffs residents, patrons, and visitors—like you—can make Phase 2 possible. You are crucial in completing Fort Lee Library as a modern, vibrant, and inclusive library space. Let’s build our new library, TOGETHER!

Frequently asked questions

New Children's Center programming room, rendering

New Children's Center & Program Room

Once fully funded, Phase 2 will include an 8% expansion to the library for a two-floor Children's Center with a new Program Room for children's events and programs. This will free up the main Meeting Room for more adult or teen programs and creates a much needed and requested dedicated children's space. Donate once or monthly so we can build this new part of the library!

Study & Conference Rooms + New Furniture, Flooring & Lighting

In Phase 2, we'll introduce new flooring, furniture, and light fixtures to modernize the space. Need a quiet place to have a Zoom call or just some privacy to work or study? New Study Rooms and Conference Rooms can be available to patrons once Phase 2 is fully funded and built. Donate so we can create these requested spaces for your use!
New Teen Room with enclosed glass walls and doors to reduce the noise in the library.

New Teen Room with Noise Reduction

Help create a new space with noise-reducing glass walls and doors. Reserved for teens after school, this space may also be used for other classes and programs during the mornings or evenings. A benefit for all patrons. Donate one-time or monthly to help us fully fund Phase 2 and make this new room!