1113 GAR Highway | Swansea, MA 02777 | (508) 674-9609

Expansion Project

Expansion Project


A Library in Need

  • Built in 1900 for a population of 1600
  • Not ADA compliant
  • No quiet study spaces
  • Damp, dark Children's Room in the basement with low ceilings and poor air quality
  • No program or meeting spaces for more than 10 people
  • No distinct Teen space
  • No flexibility or open comfortable seating for reading
  • No "maker space" for all-ages tech or crafts
  • Insufficient data and electricity
  • Inadequate and inaccessible restrooms
  • Inadequate shelving for collections and Library of Things
  • Inadequate technology for 21st century use
  • Inefficient and inadequate staff work space

Community Benefits

  • Designed for a town with a poluation of 17,000 residents and growing
  • ADA compliant facility accessible to everyone
  • Inviting Children's Room with inspiring spaces for kids
  • Welcoming Teen Space for study and programs
  • Safe and welcoming areas to gather together, or to sit quietly and read
  • Flexible design to meet evolving community needs
  • "Maker space" for technology, STEAM and crafter activities for all ages
  • Community Meeting Room for gatherings of up to 100 people
  • Space for programs, events, exhibits and partnerships
  • More support for Swansea students; no curated libraries in Swansea schools
  • Facility to host local trainings offered by the state and other agencies
  • Local History Room for special collections, genealogy and research
  • Collaborative community space for all
  • Opportunity to bring state tax dollars back to Swansea

What are the Costs?

  • State grant $6.8M + Cost to Town $12.2M
  • Total Project Costs: $19M approved at Town Meeting
    • $15M available funds (free cash)
    • $4M short-term borrowing
    • Minimal tax impact to residents
  • $6.8M grant disbursed over 5 years to Swansea

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