The Solution

In 2001, the Library Board of Trustees purchased the adjacent lot at 9 Church Street to allow for the expansion of the library at its original location in downtown Hopkinton. The proposed design will provide a modern facility that meets the current and future needs of the community, while preserving and highlighting the architectural features of the beloved original 1895 building and the Episcopal Church added in 1967.

In 2010, Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee (PBC) worked diligently with Johnson and Roberts Architects to develop a viable and desirable renovation and expansion to the existing library building. The plan for the new building creates a functional library with (1) adequate space to accommodate increased usage and changing collections, (2) addresses all needed capital repairs to the original building, (3) brings the library into ADA compliance, and (4) includes a dedicated library parking lot.

On July 14, 2011, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) approved the proposed library design and awarded Hopkinton a grant of $4,533,580 to restore, renovate and expand its library.

Specifically, the new library will provide:

  • An addition and renovation to the existing building totaling 22,000 square feet on two levels (25,492 square feet including basement area), while maintaining the historical character of the existing building
  • On-site parking totaling 21 spaces
  • Full accessibility on both levels for all users
  • Flexible floor plans to accommodate a variety of uses, including space for up to 38 computer terminals to access digital collections and adapt to technological changes
  • Spacious children’s room with age appropriate areas, and story/activity room
  • Technology classroom with computers equipped to provide a wide range of internet access services and classes on computer literacy at no charge to users
  • A dedicated young adult section with homework area and room for study groups
  • Expanded and accessible local history area
  • A dedicated 110 seat presentation space for library sponsored programs as well as community related events
  • Ample tables and seating, along with private conference rooms, for working, studying, tutoring, reading and meetings
  • Room for display of local artwork and town cultural displays
  • Designed as a LEED Silver level green building, supporting our commitment as a Green Community