Grafton Public Library

A Renovated, Expanded Library… The Time is Now

Video: Special Town Meeting January 9, 2017

Video: 3-D Rendering of proposed expansion

Land Transfer

West & North Elevations 1/9/17

East and South Elevation 1/9/17 

Site Plan 1/9/2017

Please send FEEDBACK on Building Program to: or post online public comments at:


Community Forum Three: Monday, December 19, 2016 7pm

NEW: Video on Demand of Community Meeting December 19

Level 1 Upton Street Floor Plan

Level 2 Common Floor Plan


Community Forum Two: Wednesday November 16

Slides from Community Meeting November 16

Video on Demand of Community Meeting November 16

Community Forum One: Thursday October 20, 2016

Slides from Community Meeting October 20

Video on Demand of Community Meeting October 20

Other Documents of Interest

Grafton Public Library Building Program

Estimated Space Summary

Collection Projection to 2035

Focus Group Questions and Responses

2013 Blueprint

2012 Environmental Scan

Previous Project

Geotechnical Report, 1996

Wetland Resource Delineation Plan, 2012

2010-2011 Rendering black & white 8.5″ x 11″

West Elevation – color, 11″ x 17″

North Elevation – color, 11″ x 17″

East Elevation – color, 11″ x 17″

South Elevation – color, 11″ x 17″

Main Level, 11″ x 17″

Lower Level, 11″ x 17″

2010-2011 Levels black & white 8.5″ x 11″

Library History

2016-2020 Strategic Plan

2015 Annual Report

Library Planning and Building Committee

MBLC Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) with links to regulation 650 CMR 6.00, grant announcements & more

Pinterest Pages of Library Elements We Like


Survey: Please share your thoughts on library services, staff and facility!

The Grafton Public Library, established in 1867, will celebrate it’s sesquentennial anniversary in 2017. Originally housed in the Warren Block (1 Grafton Common) the Library moved to a permanent location in 1927, thanks to a generous donation from Jerome Wheelock. The current building, now nearly 90 years old, housed a collection of 5,000 items to serve a population of 6,000 residents; a public meeting room, a board room, and a director’s office.

In 2016, the Library hosted over 77,000 visitors and circulated over 138,000 items in 2015. Over 45000 items are crammed into a space intended for 35,000. The Library lacks a public meeting room, private staff areas, a secure climate controlled space for historical items, comfortable seating, display space for the collection, and materials to satisfy demand. In short, the Library has become grossly inadequate in meeting the needs of the community of Grafton.

The Library is in a position to apply for the MA Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP), a grant administered by the MA Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) to offset 40-50% of the construction costs of a renovated and expanded Library facility to take us through 2035. The Letter of Intent to Apply is due in October 2016, with the grant application due in January 2017.

If the Town of Grafton is awarded this grant, the Town would have to vote at Town Meeting (majority) and the by ballot (2/3) to secure the remainder of the funding and to approve a building design by the end of 2017. The Municipal Operating Budget, along with private donations and fundraising could help pay for items the grant does not cover, such as furniture, fixtures (shelving tops and endcaps) and equipment.

At this time, we know the MA Board of Library Commissioners has three minimum requirements in a successful grant application:

  1. shelving for 4.8 materials per capita
  2. seating for 10,000-25,000 residents (99-154 seats)
  3. adequate parking with staff and accessible spots per Department of Justice guidelines.

The first two elements drive building size/scope and the third is calculated using total square footage. The per capita figure is based on the Central MA Regional Planning Commission’s (CMRPC) projection of 22,122 residents by 2035. More details about the MPLCP can be found on the MBLC website.

Through formal and informal community feedback, the Library administration has worked to scale back the previous program to the extent possible. Our submitted building program has an estimated square footage that does not account for the flexibility and economy of space noted throughout the document. Notes from Library focus groups, and images of library elements from around the world follow.

For more information, please attend Library Planning and Building Committee meetings on the first Monday of each month; the committee has selected an OPM and is proceeding with an RFP for an architect.

Town Meeting Presentation Monday May 9, 2016 (go to 41:10)



For Prospective Architects

Announcement in Central Register  (6/22/16, pg. 8)

Architect RFP

Architect FAQs

Architect Walk Through Sign In Sheet