Remembering The Old Public Library

By WBNG News

November 5, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2010 at 6:45 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - The Broome County Public Library is celebrating 10 years at it's new location.

It moved from Exchange Street to Court Street, because it needed more space.

But many are wondering what has become of the old, historic library building.

Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski joined us live from downtown with the answer.

It's already been a decade since the BC library packed up shop and moved to its new location on Court Street.

And today's celebration brings up memories for many of the people who used to work at the old library on Exchange Street.

The 100-year-old building, just a few blocks away, was put on the national historic preservation list.

And some say, what has happened to the building, doesn't look good.

In 2002, the county sold the century-old building to a man who now lives in Long Eddy, New York.

Unfortunately, like many other buildings, the city can't do much to make the property owner comply with indoor code violations.

The only thing they can cite is what they can see from the outside, which is the unmowed lawn and the cracking steps.

City officials say the owner of the property hasn't kept up with all of the violations so they could end up in court.

But as for now, at least these people have a place to read, relax and grow as a community.

Live in Binghamton, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.

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