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The Campaign for Scarsdale Public Library

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Construction has begun
Help us complete the project by donating today.

Over $7.9M has already been committed
by the Library’s friends and neighbors.

Join our community of supporters!

A limited number of naming opportunities are still available.

Pledge Your Support
Multi-year pledges are welcome.

Naming opportunities are available at all levels.
Contact us for more information.

Checks can be made payable to Friends of the Scarsdale Library with “Library Campaign” in the memo and mail to: Campaign for the Scarsdale Library, P.O. Box 628, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Securities and Wire Transfers
For information on securities or wire transfers, please contact the campaign SPLCampaign@wlsmail.org or 914.358.6089

Credit Card
We are now accepting credit card donations. Use the button above to make donations up to $10,000 by credit card.


Our Vision


Scarsdale Public Library is about to begin an essential transformation. A light-filled entrance, a welcoming, open main reading room, and a dramatic new glass-enclosed reading gallery will open the library out to the park with views of the pond and beyond.

The increased square footage will add public spaces and services already found in the best libraries of today. Multiple conference and meeting rooms, a business center, and a café will make the library a gathering space for the entire community. Access to historical archives, a dynamic and expanded children’s wing, a separate teen room, and innovative technology will connect the past, the present, and the future of Scarsdale.

Years of careful planning have brought us to this moment. Just as the community came together over sixty-five years ago to build the library’s original structure, this transformation will depend on the generosity of individual Scarsdale residents along with support from the Village.

We invite you to leave a legacy for the generations to come by working with your neighbors to make this vision a reality.

Reading Gallery


  • dramatic increase of public space
  • flexible community meeting rooms
  • small group study rooms
  • café and lobby with seating
  • technology suite with business center
  • reading gallery overlooking the pond
  • quiet reading area
  • teen room
  • expanded children’s wing
  • children’s program room
  • sustainable and accessible design
  • state-of-the-art technology
  • makerspace




Click here to read The Campaign for Scarsdale Public Library Flipbook!
Be sure to print out the games and puzzles at the end of the book!




Dara Gruenberg
Betty Pforzheimer
Bob Steves
Diane Greenwald
Library Board President
Elizabeth Bermel
Library Director
Steve Kessler


Allison Arest
Lisa & Mark Bezos
Lynne & Merrell Clark
Dara & Jon Gruenberg
Kiki Hong
Leslye & Gary Katz
Barbara & Steve Kessler
Elyse & Barry Klayman
Wendy & Scott Kleinman
Michelle & Frank Lichtenberg
Deborah & Eric Lichtenstein
Lisa Messinger & Aaron Panken
Betty & Carl Pforzheimer
Angela & Gary Retelny
Terri Simon
Kathy & Bob Steves
Julie Zhu
Elizabeth Bermel
ex officio
Diane Greenwald
ex officio
(in formation)

Diane Greenwald
Elyse Mall Klayman
Vice President
Felicia Block
Margot Milberg
Alan Bey
Gary Katz
Deb Morel
Jane Veron
Village Board Liaison


Dara Gruenberg
Wendy MacMillan
Vice President
Jamie Kefer
Vice President
Lori Harrison
Mona Longman

Lauren Bender
Allison Block
Betsy Bohrer
To-Dao Casey
Linda Flaxer
Anne George
Alison Gordon
Wendy Kleinman
Renu Lalwani
Meg Lazarus
Michelle Lichtenberg
Deborah Lichtenstein
Stephanie Simon
Alexandra Vargo Tagami
Loretta Vickers
Gabrielle Wise



Update: December 2018

After years of planning, construction is well underway!

The pile driver has installed the foundational pilons to support the additions to the building to the west. Interior demolition has opened up our space revealing the “bones” of the existing structure. The Building Committee is working with the Library’s architect to specify furniture, such as stacks for books, flexible worktables, comfortable seating, stackable chairs for events and other fixtures. All selections are made with a careful eye to utility, variety, value, comfort and durability. The Project Binder, available on the website, has updated documents about the project.

Meanwhile, the Library Loft at Supply Field offers a comfortable temporary home during construction.

Update: May 2018
Construction will soon begin! Contracts are being approved, and we are preparing for our move to the Library Loft at Supply Field in early summer. Contributions to the Campaign continue to be matched thanks to the support of several generous donors, allowing us to fulfill our fundraising commitment to the Village. We encourage community members to show their support for the project by making a contribution of any size. A limited number of pavers and other naming opportunities are still available.
Update: March 2018
Library Capital Campaign Hits $7 Million Mark;
Three Donors Offer a Matching Challenge to the Community

SCARSDALE, March 19 – The fundraising campaign for the transformation of the Scarsdale Public Library has moved past the $7 million mark and received a major injection of support from three donors who will match every dollar now raised to reach and exceed the $7.5 million goal.

“Community response to the campaign has been exhilarating,” said Dara Gruenberg, Campaign for Excellence Co-Chair. “As we push toward the finish line, we have the added support of this Challenge Match from generous donors who want to motivate the community to reach our goal as quickly as possible.”

Gruenberg said the Campaign Committee is aiming to maximize community participation. “If you haven’t contributed or you’ve already contributed, every new donation will be matched, dollar for dollar doubling your impact.”

As part of a funding agreement with the Village of Scarsdale, the library agreed to raise $7.5 million in private funds, and the village will contribute $9.9 million of public funds.

The Challenge Match is retroactive to gifts made from March 10.

Elizabeth Bermel, Library Director, reported that the project to transform the library is on schedule with construction bidding underway. “Our thanks go to the dedicated Campaign Committee and our donors for reaching this milestone in the Campaign for Excellence,” said Library Board President Diane Greenwald. “The Library Board is deeply grateful to all for their tireless volunteer efforts and generosity.”

The Scarsdale Library project follows years of careful planning. The renewed, expanded building will add public spaces and services found in the best libraries, state-of-the-art technology, multiple conference and meeting rooms, an enlarged children’s area, a business center, a maker space, a teen zone, and a café making the Library a gathering place for the entire community. Click here to make a contribution.

Update: October 2017
On October 3, 2017, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at Supply Field to mark the start of construction on a temporary facility which will be completed before the Library building closes for renovation. The temporary library is constructed, in part, with a reimbursement construction grant from New York State in the amount of $500,000 thanks to Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.

The ground-breaking also marked the launch of the next critical phase in the Campaign for Excellence. More than $5.7 million in gifts and pledges are secured. The remaining $1.8 million must be in place for construction to begin in Spring 2018. Architectural plans are now nearly complete.

Update: February 2017
On December 13, 2016, the Village of Scarsdale Board of Trustees passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of up to $9.9 million bonds to pay part of the cost of the renovation of the Scarsdale Public Library. The Capital Campaign Committee is committed to raising the remaining $7.5 million in private support, and is working diligently to secure these funds. Additionally, the Village of Scarsdale received a reimbursement construction grant from New York State in the amount of $500,000 that will be put towards the renovation of Supply Field, which will serve as the temporary location of the library and will subsequently be used for other Village needs.




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