Demolition work at the old library building on the corner of Main and Prospect Streets has been delayed by the need for hazardous materials abatement.
But library officials are still hoping that, despite delays getting going, their construction project can be completed about a year and a half from now.
The library had signed abatement and demolition contracts before Thanksgiving, Library Director Chris Nolan said, but the abatement involves notices to the state and a time frame of two weeks that she expected would be complete by the end of Thanksgiving week.
“Which means that you’ll see trucks of workers actually removing materials at the start of the last week of November. We estimate we have two weeks of work on that, then demo,” Ms. Nolan said.
“This brings demo of the building to early-mid-December.”
“So far,” she added, “we believe we will be able to keep to the schedule we have of opening in spring 2014.”
Ms. Nolan said that operations are good at the temporary library in the former supermarket space off Governor Street.
“Governor Street is working well — a few tweaks here and there, but we like working here,” Ms. Nolan said. “The public likes it as well.”