Austintown Library to Close Temporarily for Repairs in September

YOUNGSTOWN (August 20, 2018/For Immediate Release) – The Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Rd., will be temporarily closed for two weeks for repairs to and repaving of the parking lot. The closing is expected to begin September 10. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved the parking lot repairs at a special meeting today, in addition to the exterior painting of the Austintown and Springfield locations. Both libraries will remain open during painting.

“The need to close the Austintown Library during this work comes from both the extensiveness of the work on the parking lot and the fact that the safety of our library customers is a priority when such a sizeable repair project is being conducted at the branch,” said Library Executive Director Aimee Fifarek. “We are working to make arrangements for off-site programming during this time, but details are not yet in place.” Ongoing information can be found on the library’s website,, or Facebook page, LibraryMahoningCounty.

The branch’s parking lot has had drainage issues resulting in excess water ponding. It was determined that the parking lot needs additional sub-basins, plus resurfacing. The contract was awarded to Foust Construction of Girard with a base bid of $101,566 and a milling and resurfacing alternative bid of $50,566.

The exterior painting contract for both Austintown and Springfield libraries went to Joseph Painting Contractors of Boardman for $75,500.

Additional work being planned for the Austintown Library includes roof repairs by G & W Roofing for $33,800 and exterior repairs by Adolph Johnson & Son Co. of Mineral Ridge at $32,400.

During the two-week closure, the Library’s Building and Grounds Department will take advantage of the opportunity to do cleaning and repair work inside the building, as well.

The Austintown Library will have security as needed during this period and book drops will not be available.

Austintown Library customers can use any of the other libraries in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) system during the closing. Nearby libraries include:

Michael Kusalaba Library, 2815 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown

Canfield Library, 43 W. Main St., Canfield


For information on program cancellations and changes during this temporary closing, click here.