An application for a "Massachusetts Library Construction Grant" was submitted by the Town on January 27, 2011. At the Annual Town Meeting on May 3rd, 2011, a majority vote approved the preliminary library building design and rezoning of library property from Residentail A to Downtown Business District allowing an expansion of the current library. Grant award will be announced in July, 2011.
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. The need for a new library to service the town's current and future needs, especially with respect to accessibility, actual floor space for seating, program areas, technology upgrades, book collections, media and other printed collections, has been widely recognized by the residents and the town leadership.
This website is designed to present the facts, figures & fun regarding the new library expansion. For a brief project history, click here.....
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Click here to read The Library Construction Grant Application.
MBLC announced that $4.5 million in construction grant may be be available to Hopkinton in July 2015.
July 14, 2011
Award Summary from MBLC
The Construction Grant Award Announcement from the Town Manager's Office. Click here...
Hopkinton Public Library's Building Plan and a grant amount of $4.5 million was approved by the Massachusetts Board of Library in July 2011.
Wed., April 13 ~ 7 p.m.
At the HCAM Studios.
Sat., April 16 ~ 11 a.m.
At the Hopkinton Library.
Annual Town Meeting on May 3, 2011
Residents voted to move the grant application proccess forward.
Majority approved library expansion plan and rezoning of librar property from residential A to Downatown Business.
This preliminary design is based on 22, 000 SF building which will include a new addition and renovation to the existing building while maintaing the historical character of the exsiting builing.
2. Change the library property zoning from Residential A to Downtown Business
Click here for the Project History
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 developiing 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 submitt 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 propert was approved by a majority vote at annual town meeting.
July 14, 2011
The town of Hopkton 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.