Expansion and Renovation Project

Phase 1

We are preparing for construction to begin at the library to replace the deteriorating entrance ramp and increase the size of the program/meeting room to meet community demand.  This project is being financed by the library’s Capital Fund, as well as a matching grant of over $100,000 through the State Aid for Public Library Construction Program.  The new construction will venture onto previously unused property conveyed to the library by the Town of Southeast.  Over the next several weeks, you will see a storage pod outside the library, as well as construction equipment. There will also be some temporary adjustments to programming and spaces inside the library to accommodate the workers.

Phase 2

On November 7th, the community passed the proposition to move ahead with Phase 2 of the Library Board’s plan to double the size of the library. This expansion will include a community room to accommodate up to 50 people, private study rooms, and an ADA compliant elevator and restrooms – all while respecting and retaining the historic façade of the building and the main Reading Room.

The next step for this phase is for construction documents to be drawn up by the library’s architects.  Over the coming months, we will be providing more information as it becomes available.

What will the library look like when the project is completed?

The library will be double the size of the existing building.  The interior will be renovated, and have updated electrical and HVAC systems; however, we will respect and retain the historic aspect of the library’s facade and the David D. Bruen Reading Room on the upper level.  Click here to view the suggested floor plan for the upper level, and here for the lowel level.

 

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions, you may contact Library Director, Gina Loprinzo by phone at (845) 279-6421 or email at director@brewsterlibrary.org.