Timeline

1895

The original Hopkinton Public Library is built with contributions from local and former residents of Hopkinton at a cost of $14,000. This building serves Hopkinton’s 2,984 residents. The Library is operated by the Library Trustees from 1895 until 1955, when the Town begins paying staff salaries and other operation costs.

1967

Last renovation of Hopkinton Public Library when Library Trustees purchase the adjacent Episcopal Church (also built in the 1890s). The church is connected to the original building, thereby creating a 5,783 square foot library for a town with 5,659 residents.

2000

Census data reports Hopkinton’s population increased to 13,346 residents.

2001

Recognizing that the library can no longer meet the needs of the growing population, the Library Trustees purchase the adjacent property, 9 Church Street, for expansion of the Library.

2008

Library Trustees hire Consultant to prepare Long Range Plan for Library. Click here for the plan.

2008

Library Trustees hire Marjorie Judd, a library building consultant, to develop the library building program. Click here for the findings. Click here for the full report.

2009

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissions (MBLC) announces it will offer Library Construction Grants in 2011.

January 2010

Library Trustees unanimously vote to offer to donate the Library building to the Town, allowing the Town to undertake an expansion and renovation of the Library. In May 2010, Hopkinton Annual Town Meeting voted overwhelming to accept gift of Library building.

May 4, 2010

Annual Town Meeting votes to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend state grant for Library Construction.

July 2010

Board of Selectmen establishes the Permanent Building Committee (PBC) to oversee the feasibility study and planning for library improvement and expansion project, and to oversee the application process for a state library construction grant. Selectmen appoint five (5) regular members plus three (3) additional members for the Library Project only.

August 2010

Johnson Roberts Associates Inc. commissioned to work with PBC to conduct a site selection and feasibility study. Although the PBC explored the possibility of moving and expanding the library on other sites in Downtown Hopkinton, the site of the current Library at 13 Main Street (expanded to include 9 Church Street) was selected because residents expressed preference for maintaining the prominent and historic location in Downtown Hopkinton.

Click Here for Part One of the Feasibility Study.
Click Here for Part Two of the Feasibility Study.
Click Here for the Cost Comparison by Site

October 2010

Town of Hopkinton submits a letter of Intent to apply for a library construction grant with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

January 2011

Board of Selectmen accept Hopkinton Public Library as a gift to inhabitants of Town of Hopkinton.

January 11, 2011

Board of Selectmen vote to authorize the submission of a 2010-2011 Construction Grant Round Application to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

January 27, 2011

Grant Application submitted to MBLC. Click here to view the grant application submitted by the Town of Hopkinton.

August 2010 – April 2011

PBC holds 12 public meetings regarding the Library project, and 20 presentations to Hopkinton Boards, Committees, and residents to solicit feedback and comments on library plans.

May 3, 2011

Town Meeting approves the library plans submitted to the MBLC with the Grant Application for a library construction grant and approves the change of zoning from Residential A to Business District for both library parcels for the expansion project.

July 2011

MBLC approves the plan for the renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library and awards Hopkinton a $4.5 million library construction grant. Click here for the award letter from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Click here for the official announcement from the Town Manager’s office.

January 2012

Hopkinton Public Library Foundation announces the formation of a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising private funds to offset the cost of the library expansion to taxpayers, and fundraising begins.

September 2012

After a comprehensive assessment, Hopkinton’s Permanent Building Committee (PBC) determines that Hopkinton Public Library does not meet the current needs of the Town. PBC determines that repairs to the current library building to maintain minimum level of safety and maintenance will cost at least $1.1 million. Click here for the PBC’s full report.

April 2013

Hopkinton Public Library moved up to the #4 spot on the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) wait list for state library construction funds. Hopkinton’s advancement was the result of the MBLC awarding provisional grants to two wait-listed libraries who already received local funding for their library building projects, Eastham and East Boston.

March 2014

Hopkinton Public Library moved up to the #3 spot on the MBLC wait list for state library construction funds.

May 5, 2014

Town Meeting votes to approve funding.

May 19, 2014

Town Election votes to approve funding.

June – December 2014

Design refinement and Town approvals.

August 7, 2014

MBLC awarded Hopkinton Public Library its $4.5 million provisional construction grant for the renovation and expansion of our Library. Funding for this grant was made possible through the capital bond bill signed by Governor Deval Patrick on August 5, 2014.

January 2015 – August 2015

Construction planning and bidding.

February 2015

PBC announces refinement of Library design.

January 2016

Temporary Library relocation to 65 South Street.

March 2016 – Summer 2017

Construction.

Summer 2017

New library opens!

2030

Population of Hopkinton expected to exceed 20,000 residents.