Library Renovation Project
The following information is provided to keep you informed on the Library Renovation Project. The order is chronological, with the most recent news first.
FAQs: Temporary Location - FAQs-MoveToTempLocation - PDF
Dates Announced for Library Closing at 85 Branch/Reopening at 44 Jericho
The Scituate Town Library will be relocating to the Scituate Harbor Community Building, 44 Jericho Road, on Monday, June 15. The current library at 85 Branch Street will be closing on Friday, June 5, at 5:00 pm
Between June 5th and 15th, the library will be closed for the transition to the temporary library location. during this time, due dates will be extended and late fines will not be imposed for Scituate Library materials. Other non-Scituate OCLN materials will need to be returned when due.
Library patrons are reminded that Scituate Town Library is a member of the Old Colony Library Network and as such are welcome to borrow items from any of its 32 member libraries. For a full list, see https://www.ocln.org/library-locations-hours/.
The library will remain at the Scituate Harbor Community Building through the Fall of 2016, when the library's expansion and renovation will be completed and library service can return to 85 Branch Street.
Final Library Design Approved
With the issuance of the Design Development set the Public Building Commission and Board of Selectmen both voted to approve the final design of the Scituate Town Library. Both the Commission and the Selectmen were pleased with the overall design and felt that it would provide a welcoming, functional, and flexible environment for Scituate’s library patrons for many years to come.
For a full set of the renderings for this design, see below.
Library Renovation and Expansion Schematic Design Unveiled
In November and December of 2014 the library met with the Board of Selectmen and held two Public Forums to introduce the town to the new library schematic design. The Schematic Design process showcases the design in its most fluid state, and input from the town, the public, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners still impacts the final design.
The Public Building Commission hosted two meetings on December 11th where initial exterior and interior renderings were revealed, as well as floor plans and site design. Below are links to some of these renderings.
The library project is now in its Design Development phase. This phase allows for certain changes and development, but also allows for a finer level of detail and space planning. Design Development is set to end in mid-January of 2015.
Exterior Library Entrance - jpg
Exterior Northwest Corner - jpg
Upper Level Floor Plan - jpg
Lower Level Floor Plan - jpg
Library Granted Use of Scituate Harbor Community Building
At their November 18th meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to allow the library to temporarily occupy the Scituate Harbor Community Building while the renovation and expansion to the library takes place.
It is anticipated that the library will take occupancy of the Scituate Harbor Community Building in June of 2015 and remain there until the anticipated end of construction in September of 2016.
The library grant budget will allow for some fixes and repairs to be made to the Harbor Community Building, and will also allow the rental of temporary space for the displaced town departments who currently use the Harbor Community Building for activities (Council on Aging and Department of Recreation). A bid for this temporary rental space will be submitted in early 2015.
Public Building Commission Hires Architect
The Public Building Commission was charged with finding the architecture firm that best fit with the needs of the Scituate Town Library and the project budget. Bids were solicited, with three finalists interviewed. Oudens Ello Architecture was selected from amongst them and will work to complete a schematic design to be presented to the town in the late fall of 2014.
Oudens Ello Architecture
Public Building Commission Hires Owner's Project Manager
With town funding secure, the library project is turned over to the Public Building Commission for management, working closely with town and library administration.
One of the first charges of the Commission was to solicit bids for and hire an Owner’s Project Management firm. Bids were solicited in February of 2013, with three finalists interviewed in March of 2013. Finalist Daedalus Projects Management was selected.
The Owner’s Project Manager represents the owner (the town and its citizens) throughout the project, working with the architect and general contractor with regular reporting to the Public Buildings Commission, town, and library.
Scituate Town Library Renovation/Expansion Project Moves Forward
The Town of Scituate met at Special Town Meeting in November of 2013 to vote on the article to appropriate $12 million to "design, renovate, expand and furnish the public library," This article received a majority vote that allowed it to be placed on a December 14, 2013, ballot. The ballot question also received an affirmative vote from 72% of voters, allowing the library to move forward with accepting the $5 million Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners grant and renovate and expand the existing library at 85 Branch Street.
Boston.com article, Special Town Meeting Nov 2013
Wicked Local article, Town Vote December 2013
Scituate Town Library Receives $5 Million Library Construction Provisional Grant!
Announcement was made on Oct. 4, 2012, that Scituate Town Library is the recipient of a General Construction Provisional Grant totaling $4,985,480 from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The Grant will assist with the cost of construction of a renovation and expansion of the current building.
Scituate Town Library also plans to obtain the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification which will quality the library to receive additional $100,000 in state funding through the Green Library incentive.
During the next nine months, Scituate and the seven other provisional grant recipients will work within their communities to gain the local match funding necessary to move forward with the grant.
Press Release announcing the Grant - STLPressReleaseScituateReceives$5mGrant - PDF
Information on fundraising for the project is available at Scituate Library Foundation.
Project Summary & Background Information
This two page document is a summary of the Library Renovation Project and includes project background information and a summary of the feasibility study results.
Building Renovation Project Summary - PDF
Massachusetts Public Library Construction Grant Submitted
Scituate Town Library has submitted an application for a Public Library Construction Grant to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
To complete the grant application a Feasibility Study was conducted. Scituate Town Meeting must approve the Feasibility Study for the Library's application to qualify for the grant.
Please click on the following links to view preliminary exterior renderings and floor plans:
Preliminary Exterior Rendering #3 - PDF
Preliminary Floor Plan: Main Level - PDF
Preliminary Floor Plan: Lower Level - PDF