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Planning for a 21st Century Library: Westford Voters Approve Library Building Project and Grant of $7,851,994!

In Fall of 2022, Westford voters approved at both the October 17 Special Town Meeting and at the November 8 ballot the Library Building Project supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in the amount of $7,851,994; this amount was ultimately raised by an additional $829,263. The proposed library design devotes almost all new space to the public and to the residents who use it most — creating space to put “the public in the public library!” The future design:

  •  More than doubles the space for Children
  •  Triples the space for young adults and emerging adults
  •  Doubles public meeting spaces
  •  Centralizes Circulation functions
  •  Increases silent and collaborative study options
  •  Offers improved technology
  •  Offers improved traffic flow & increased parking
  •  Offers flexible spaces to accommodate future trends and uses
  •  Is fully handicapped-accessible and meets current fire, safety and building codes, and is planned for Net 0
  • Maintains the historic facade, while offering a 21st Century rear

For the Community, this design offers:

  • Pre-K Child Literacy and Language Development Programs
  • Formal Education Support
  • School Library Collaboration (PS/PL Collaborative)
  • Home-schooling, Tutoring and Independent Schooling Support
  • Free Life-long Learning Opportunities
  • $13.60 Return on each public library dollar invested
  • Job Seeking and Small Business Support
  • ESL and Literacy Support
  • Meeting space, Conference space and work space
  • Boost in property values
  • Reclaim state taxes for re-investment in our community
  • SEE THE 2022 POWER POINT 2022 LIBRARY BUILDING PROJECT POWERPOINT

J.V. FLETCHER LIBRARY PROJECT SCHEDULE

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J. V. FLETCHER LIBRARY EXPANSION CALENDAR:

SPACE TIMELINE 4.1.24


MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM GRANT SUBMITTAL

 MPLCP Westford Application FINAL.pdf


LIBRARY BUILDING PROGRAM & SQ. FT. BREAKDOWN:

J.V. Fletcher Library Building Program


PLANNING AND DESIGN GRANT CALENDAR:

LFNC CALENDAR 8.18.16.pdf


The Library Building Program was approved by the Board of Library Trustees and submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for review and approval in a FINAL format, for inclusion in the competitive MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION GRANT round, due January 26, 2017. This programmatic design will be updated during Design Development.


PLANNING AND DESIGN GRANT 2014 APPLICATION:

[WESTFORD planning & design application 1.3.pdf]

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