MARLBOROUGH – Major work to expand the Marlborough Public Library has taken visible steps forward in recent weeks, with demolition work beginning on part of the building on Nov. 22, roughly two months after the project’s official groundbreaking on Sept. 21.
Work, indeed, is underway on what will be an extensive effort to expand the footprint and offerings of the library.
The city has approved a nearly $24 million bond to fund this project. A $10 million grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will help offset that.
For its part, the Marlborough Public Library’s own Library Foundation has also committed to raising $2 million toward the final cost of the building.
They took their own step forward in that goal earlier this month when they accepted a $25,000 donation from the Marlborough Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club presented its check at a recent meeting, with members noting their own excitement regarding this project.
“The Library is an integral part of the Marlborough community and the Rotary Club is pleased to be able to support such an important project during its Centennial year,” Rotary Club President Aaron Aykanian said in a press release.
As the Rotary Club’s donation was one of the most recent major contributions to the fundraising effort, it was not the first.
The Library Foundation, likewise, is continuing to fundraise as this project moves forward.
The construction work, meanwhile, is expected to continue through the spring of 2023.
The library itself plans to remain operational through that time in its temporary home at the Walker Building just a few steps down Main Street from the main library.