A historic building located in the heart of downtown, the Westborough Public Library serves as a resource and meeting place for the entire community. This highly visible location and iconic building are assets that the town intends to maintain, even as it looks to transform the facility into a 21st Century library.
This past October, LPA presented a preliminary design for a renovated and expanded Westborough Public Library to their Town Meeting, where voters authorized the Library Trustees to submit an application for a Construction Grant to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
LPA began working with the town this past spring when they were selected to conduct a feasibility study to address multiple deficiencies in the building and provide design options. Originally built in 1908 and expanded in 1980, the building has a number of outdated systems including plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems. The building and site also lack accessibility and have inadequate space to best support the library’s program needs. Upgrading the technology and infrastructure are also key elements for meeting contemporary library standards.
The preferred design option that came out of the feasibility study is to renovate the original 1908 section of the building and replace the existing addition, with the goal of providing approximately 12,000 square feet of additional space to the library. Westborough completed the application for funding, which was submitted to the MBLC in late January. Construction grant awards are expected to be announced in July 2017.