Marlborough – In anticipation of its renovation and expansion project, the Marlborough Public Library will be temporarily moving to the city’s Walker Building at 255 Main St.
The library’s current location on West Main Street had been closed to the public since mid-March (except for pick-ups) due to the coronavirus.
The library will undergo a $23.8 million renovation and expansion of the West Main Street library funded in part by a $10.1 million grant from the state Board of Library Commissioners and donations to the Marlborough Public Library Foundation capital campaign which hopes to raise $2 million.
- Drayton Fair of LLB Architects has been selected to design the new addition. Plans calls for the historic Carnegie Building to stay intact and the total square footage will increase by approximately 16,000 square feet.
Fair’s design shows a three-level building; two levels plus a below ground space. The first floor will add a café area with vending machines acting as a spot for people to gather to eat though will not be a commercial café. On the first floor there will be a public elevator inside the entrance, the café, circulation, staff rooms, a reference desk, a local Marlborough history room, a quiet study area and restrooms. There will be tutoring rooms varying in size and able to serve two to 20 patrons.
The second floor will include three areas each dedicated to Pre-School, Children and Young Adults. The addition of a Children’s Programming room, according to Fair, can seat up to 200 or can be partitioned off depending on the program. Glass walls will partition off the Pre-School area for security and safety reasons.
The current plan calls for the construction to be completed in the summer of 2022.
For more information visit the library’s website, https://www.marlborough-ma.gov/library-0.