Patchogue-Medford Library opens its new Medford branch


Community members no longer need to travel to Patchogue’s Main Street to borrow books.

Two years after the groundbreaking, the Patchogue-Medford Library celebrated the opening on Tuesday afternoon of its new branch at Medford Athletic Complex. The community packed out the grand opening, which featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music, performances by Pat-Med cheerleaders and more. Scroll down for a photo tour.

The Medford annex building offers individuals the opportunity to browse a selection of books and access similar community programs and services they’ve come to expect from the Patchogue-Medford Library.

Danielle DeMicco Paisley, the director of the Patchogue-Medford Library, said the new annex will attract a myriad of guests from young learners to working professionals.

“We’re going to open up the meeting room during the day for tutoring and for people who want to work from home and need a space with charging spaces,” she previously told GLI.

There is a meeting room that can host 60 to 70 people. The basement level, which will remain unfinished when the building opens to the public, will also boast a meeting room to accommodate twice as many patrons.

The Medford Athletic Complex presents new opportunities for Paisley, her staff, and her patrons. She said grassy open-air spaces could engender new programs and services, such as a community garden.

Years in the making

Paisley said plans for the Medford annex kicked off in 2017. Plans became possible when the Town of Brookhaven leased the property to the library for free in 2019.

Soon after the land was secured, the Medford Hamlet Foundation donated $1.6 million towards the project’s construction, which will cost an estimated $2.5 to $3 million. The Patchogue-Medford Library Board additionally committed $1 million from capital reserves for the undertaking.

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