MARLBOROUGH – It’s been a long time coming.
Two years after breaking ground, the Marlborough Public Library is scheduled to reopen at 35 W. Main St. on Monday, Oct. 2.
There will be a grand reopening and official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The doors will be open to the public after the ceremony.
The library has spent the past several weeks in transition after moving out of its temporary space in the Walker Building.
The city has been working with LLB Architects, CHA Consulting and M. O’Connor Contracting, who broke ground in September 2021 on the expansion project.
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Some of the features include an easily accessible back entranceway off the expanded parking lot; larger circulation area; enhanced children’s room; teen’s area; a café; and small and large meeting spaces. Contractors have been able to incorporate some of the original fireplaces, and the Palladian window that was revealed during construction will be refurbished and reset.
Finishing touches on the terracotta façade on the front of the Carnegie building are happening this month, as well as outside landscaping.
“It’s an amazing transformation since my first walk through tour back in February. This state-of-the-art library has amenities for all ages. I want to thank all who made it possible, including the Massachusetts Board of Library commissioners, who gave the city a $10 million grant for this project,” said Mayor Arthur Vigeant.
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The library is led by Sara Belisle, who took over the reins from Margaret Cardello at the beginning of this year.
“It’s been my privilege to continue the work of bringing the project to its end. The new library will enhance the lives of our community members for years to come. I can’t wait to open the doors and welcome Marlborough residents in,” Belisle said.