Ashby Free Public Library

Board of Trustees

 

REPORT OF LIBRARY BUILDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Library Building Advisory Committee, which was formed at the last Annual Town Meeting, met through the summer to prepare a Request for Proposals (RFP) from architectural firms interested in preparing schematic drawings to modernize and expand the Ashby Free Public Library. Five firms responded to the RFP and, on September 24 the library Board of Trustees, at the recommendation of the Library Building Advisory Committee, contracted with the architectural firm J. Stewart Roberts Associates of Somerville, MA.

The goal of the committee and the architects was to develop schematic drawings and plans for an expansion that will facilitate the library’s delivery of services well into the next century. All the preliminary proposals require acquisition of some abutting property to accommodate expansion. All proposals also increase the space available for providing services to children and young adults and add separate reading rooms for adult services, the historical collection and reference services. The project will also comply with both the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The projected cost of the project, if approved, is 1.5 million dollars. The project would be funded jointly by the town of Ashby and state grant money awarded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

The Building Advisory Committee and the Library Board of Trustees will make a report at the 2000 Annual Town Meeting and request town approval to acquire the necessary land and to continue with the grant application process.