Why did you decide to find a new site for the library?

Although we have used grant funds to improve our space as best we can, the current building continues to face significant challenges in functioning as a library, magnified by growth in usage, program attendance and collection and service improvements over the last decade.

The library board made the decision to find another home for the library after very serious and extensive deliberations. We learned from prior approaches, conducted research and evaluated all the options. We are committed to providing the community with the level of library service it deserves, as well as preserving our historic building for the public.

The extensive renovations and expansion required for the library to stay in place would significantly alter this unique downtown landmark without addressing all our needs. Instead of changing the building to fit the library, we are preserving its historic charm and building a right-sized, accessible, welcoming library on Fennell Street.