A Renovated, Expanded Library… The Time is Now
A Capital Campaign was launched in 2017. Donations can be made at any UniBank location.
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 45,000 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 MA Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) Grant was completed and submitted in January 2017; at a special Town Meeting in January 2017, residents voted for the Library to have jurisdiction over some of the adjacent acreage at 90 Upton Street for purposes of Library expansions.
At May Town Meeting, residents voted to accept the preliminary building design, which includes meeting rooms, quiet study rooms, a teen space, a children’s program room, a quiet reading room, and ample parking.
Voters also approved raising and appropriating matching funding, moving the question to ballot for the May Election. The Library funding question passed on May 16, 2017. In July 2017, the Town of Grafton was awarded a provisional grant by the MA Board of Library Commissioners to cover 51% of the estimated eligible costs.
The Library Planning and Building Committee is in process of hiring an Owner’s Project Manager to develop a borrowing schedule and hire an architect for design drawings so we can go out to bid for a construction company before the end of 2018. We anticipate breaking ground in Spring 2019 and completing the project at the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021.
- Feb 2018: Hire OPM. Scout temporary location.
March 2018: go out to bid for an architectApril 2018: interview architects
- May 2018: hire architects
- May 2018-May 2019: Permitting
- June 2018: sign contract with MBLC
- June-Dec 2018: develop design documents.
- March/April 2019: MOVE to a temporary location
- May 2019: BREAK GROUND
- May 2019-December 2020: CONSTRUCTION
- January 2021: Grand Reopening GALA
- July 2021: 1st reimbursement (less any monies received previously – this timeline could shift up by 1 year due to other libraries not getting their funding)
- December 2021: Punch list completed, closeout
- July 2022: 2nd reimbursement
- July 2023: 3rd reimbursement
- July 2024: 4th reimbursement
- July 2025: final reimbursement
Video on Demand: Town Meeting May 8, 2017
Video on Demand: Special Town Meeting January 9, 2017
Community Forum Three: Monday, December 19, 2016 7pm
Community Forum Two: Wednesday November 16
Community Forum One: Thursday October 20, 2016
Other Documents of Interest
Geotechnical Report, 1996
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″
Pinterest Pages of Library Elements We Like
Town Meeting Presentation Monday May 9, 2016 (go to 41:10)