New Canaan Library will be making improvements to its parking lots over the next two weeks.

When the work is completed, there will be 23 additional spaces, including three more for handicapped, for library patrons and an additional entrance from and exit onto Maple Street.

Board of trustees President Christine Yordán, "Since 1913 when the cornerstone was laid, the town has asked for more parking, now we have the ability to give it to them using the Maple Street lot that the library recently purchased."

In recent years, the demand for additional parking has risen because of the increased use of the library. On an average day, more than 1,200 patrons access the library, most of whom seek parking in the lot.

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In fall 2010, the library conducted an online survey, as well as a series of focus groups, that confirmed more parking was one of the top priorities. Front desk staff have also listened to complaints about the lack of adequate parking.

Working closely with staff and the Buildings & Grounds Committee, Keith Simpson of Keith E. Simpson Associates designed the new configuration of the lot, which will also have improved traffic flow.

Gifts, such as the bequest from the estate of New Canaan resident Jim Creedon, allow the library to make improvements to its facility. This project is also funded with individual donations to the capital fund and proceeds from the recent fundraiser, "Books, Blues and BBQ."

Work began on Monday, Sept. 17.