Hopkinton Public Library is a vital part of our community. Built in 1895, the library has been an icon of downtown Hopkinton for generations. The last renovation of our library was in 1967 expanding to the current size of 5,783 square feet and the population of Hopkinton was about 6,000.
Hopkinton experienced rapid growth within the last 25 years and its population reached 15, 812 in 2012, representing a 72% growth since 1990.
Library usage also experienced steady increase. Library users, the trustees, the town government and the residents recognized that the current library building does not meet the growing needs of it's residents. The Permanent Building Committee (PBC), a town committee in charge of town facilities also declared that the library building no longer meets the resident's needs.
In 2010, the town had an unique opportunity to apply for a library construction grant through the state. The Permanent Building Committee (PBC)led the grant application and the submission process by recruiting an architectural firm to evaluate site selection, create a schematic design for renovating and expanding the current library. PBC facilitated several public forums to gather feedback from the community with respect to the design and layout for the renovation and expansion projects.
At the Annual Town Meeting on May 3rd, 2011, a majority vote approved the preliminary library building design and rezoning of library property from Residential A to Downtown Business District allowing an expansion of the current library.
The grant application was submitted in 2010 and Hopkinton was awarded $4.5 million in state construction grant in July 2011.
Currently the library is #4 on the waiting list to receive the grant and MBLC may offer a provisional grant of $4.5 within the next couple of years.
The menu bar above will help you navigate through the design information, documents related to the process and the project, FAQs and expected project time line.
If you have any questions, please send an email to: email@example.com
January 2014 update -
Hopkinton Public Library Foundation Inc. (HPLF), a non-profit organization, was established in 2012 solely to provide financial support for the library construction project. To this date, it has raised approximately $300,000 in private funds.
July 14, 2011
Past Public Forums:
This preliminary design is based on 22, 000 SF building which will include a new addition and renovation to the existing building while maintaining the historical character of the existing building.
2. Change the library property zoning from Residential A to Downtown Business
Take virtual tour of the new library
Major Milestones on the road toward a new library....
July 2010 – Permanent Building Committee (PBC) was established by the Board of Selectmen to move forward with the Library Expansion Project. The first task for the PBC was to evaluate the feasibility study of 4 possible sites. The committee deliberated on the best option to meet the future needs of the library and to deliver the most cost effective solution for the project.
August 2010 – Architect John-Roberts Associates, Inc. started a feasibility study on 4 possible sites: Claflin Place, current library site, Center School, 4-acre parcel behind Center School.
September 2010 – The feasibility study was completed. PBC shared the results of the study in public meetings throughout this month and received feedback from the attending residents. A public forum was held on Sept. 9th. Board of Selectmen reviewed options on Sept. 23rd. On Sept. 28, the PBC recommended that building a new building behind the Center School would be the most cost effective option and the Selectmen voted "yes” on this recommendation.
October 2010 – A letter of intent to submit a library construction grant for building a new library was submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) on Oct. 5th. The architect started to develop multiple design options on the 4-acre parcel behind the Center School. PBC reviewed design concepts with town approval agencies: Planning Director, Conservation Commission Administrator, Historic District Commission, Design Review Board and public safety. Two public forums, on Oct. 28 and Nov. 5th were held to receive community feedback. Library staff also participated in evaluating library floor plans.
November 2010– At a Board of Selectman’s meeting on Nov. 9th, the School Committee disclosed that the land behind the Center School that was selected to build a new library will most likely not be available for town use for some time. PBC then started to explore the possibility of expanding the library at its current location to the adjacent lot at 9 Church Street, including renovating the current building.
December 2010– The facility would be a "green” building with a new addition and renovation to the existing building totaling 22, 000 SF. A floor plan was developed with 2 floors and 21 dedicated parking spaces on site. Feedback from the MBLC was received on Dec. 16th. The project moved on to developing a schematic design to be submitted with a library construction grant application due on Jan. 27, 2011.
January 2011 – Cost estimates were developed by an independent agency and the floor plan was reviewed. The grant application was reviewed by the Town Manager. The Board of Selectmen voted to submit the grant application on 27, 2011. Click here to
read the Library Construction Grant Application.
May 3, 2011 – The preliminary library building plan and rezoning of library property was approved by a majority vote at annual town meeting.
July 14, 2011
The town of Hopkinton was awarded a $4.5 million grant for the planned expansion and renovation of the current library. Award Summary from MBLC.
January 4, 2012
The Hopkinton Public Library Foundation, Inc. announced today the formation of a non-profit entity designed to support the Hopkinton Public Library. The Foundation will spearhead efforts to raise private funds for the expansion of the library and to defray cost to the town.