Library Expansion Project Documents
This page includes information on the process of the expansion project, Permanent Building Committee, minutes from all public meetings, Library Building Program and Long Range Plan of the Library.
A unique opportunity to leverage up to 50% of a library construction grant opportunity was announced in 2010.
An application for a Library Construction Grant was submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners on Januray 27, 2011.
In July 2011, MBLC awarded the town of Hopkinton $4.5 million as a Library Construction Grant.
Permanent Building Committee (PBC)
The Board of Selectmen established the Permanent Building Committee in July 2010 to oversea the application process of a library construction grant.
The Permanent Building Committee members include John Ferrari (Chair), Michael Dawley (Secretary), Michael DiMascio, Miguel Linera and Robert Scumaci. The Committee met every other Thursday of each month starting on Sept. 9th. 2010 at the fire station.
Representing the Library:
The PBC worked with the architects, Library Director, Project Manager, Library Building Committee and interested residents over six months in reviewing and analyzing the feasibility study sites and ultimately decided to renovate and expand the current library to the adjacent lot on 9 Church Street.
Permanent Building Committee Meeting Minutes - 2010
December - 12/2
On April 11, 2011 the abutters submitted a letter to the Selectmen concerning the library project. Click here to read the letter..
The Permanent Building Committee and the Library Buliding committee responded to their letter on April 26, 2011.
The Library Building Program
The Board of Trustees hired Marjorie Judd, a library building consultant, in 2008 to develop the library building program.
Ms. Judd worked with the Library Director, staff and the Trustees to gather information on the history of the library, analyze the existing building and how it functions in meeting the needs of the community. She also engaged community members in gathering their feedback on what they expected the future library to provide. This program will meet library service needs of Hopkinton residents over next 20 years.
A community wide survey was conducted in 2008 as a part of the needs assessment. 465 adults and 678 middle school students responded to the survey.
To read the summary results click here...
Read the complete survey results
Read the Complete Building Program:
Long Range Plan
There has been a great deal of thought, planning and discussions about what the library should look like, how it should function for patrons and staff, and how it should fit in its downtown location.
See the results of this effort!
Basic HPL Statistics - 2010
Total Number of:
Items circulated (all materials) 116,014
People visiting the library 63, 500
Library card holders 7,630
Reference questions asked 2,165
Computer/Internet sessions 3,831
Museum passes borrowed 1,019
Size & Cost Comparison
Square Footage by population
The Hopkinton Public Library was established in 1890.
The current building was built in 1895 with contributions from local and former residents of Hopkinton. Population was about 3,000 residents.
The second floor was used as a lecture hall and was remodeled later as a Children’s room.
In 1955, the town government began appropriating public funds for employee salaries, utilities and assistance with the purchase of books.
In 1967, the library expanded with the purchase of the Episcopal Church. A gallery was built to connect the library building to the Church.
At nearly 5,000 square feet, our library is one of the smallest libraries in the state. Hopkinton currently has over 15,000 residents.
REASONS TO EXPAND
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO EXPANDING THE LIBRARY?
Financial Impact to Town
Library as a Community Place
The Hopkinton Public Library is an integral part of the network of town supported service organizations. It proudly and efficiently serves more than 200 on a given day! It’s a common (physical) place and space (via remote access) for people of all ages.
The Library is a destination for all and we call it the "living room” of Hopkinton!
What is a 21st Century Public Library?
A 21st century public library, as in the past, is continuously evolving to meet the ever changing needs of a community. Public Libraries continue to be on the cutting edge of technology while retaining the ‘welcome home’ atmosphere for its patrons. In this day of increasing technology, the public library’s role of providing a physical community gathering place, providing a warm atmosphere for social interaction becomes a priority along with providing access to a variety of print and electronic materials, training in the use of technology and educational and entertaining programs.
Communities across the country are embracing public libraries as welcoming central places accessible to all. Libraries are being designed to provide useful, flexible spaces that can be configured (and re-configured) to serve a variety of users and their needs. Libraries are expected to:
Why are Libraries Necessary in the Digital Era?
Libraries represent a town's commitment to freely accessible knowledge. It is a "living room" for all residents.