SEPTEMBER 02, 2015

 Edgartown's New Library: Questions & Answers

The Edgartown Library Building Committee, our project director, Jill Hughes, our architects, and our project manager, Rick Pomroy, are hard at work on plans for the new library building. The first two payments of the state's $5 million contribution to the project have been received by the town, and the library site has been prepared -- by taking down the 1924 Edgartown School building during the summer of 2013. The project has successfully gone out to bid and the General Contractor Bid was awarded to Maron Construction. Construction began in March, 2014 and we expect the library to be substantially complete by July 2015.  

Some history:

At our Annual Town Meeting on April 10 and town elections on April 12, 2012, Edgartown voters overwhelmingly supported plans to build a new public library on the property currently occupied by the 1924 elementary school building. At their October 2012 meeting, the state Board of Library Commissioners announced the release of a provisional grant of $5 million to Edgartown, the state's share of the construction project.

Voters in April transferred the Warren House property next door to our current library building, on North Water Street, from the purview of the library trustees to the selectmen, and the Warren House has now been sold back into the private market. The Warren House property had been purchased in 2005 as possible expansion space for our library -- now that Edgartown is building at the school location, this property is surplus to the town.

Slated to open summer 2015, the new Edgartown Library will be a signature building in our community. 

How much will this project cost?

The project budget is $10.2 million. Edgartown has $5 million in state grant funds, and voters have agreed to a $4.9 million municipal bond issue. The balance of $1.1 million has already been paid by the town through allowable credits. About $350,000 of the $4.9 million bond will be used to meet the energy-efficiency standards of the federal LEED program; this money will be reimbursed to the town when the new library wins its LEED certification -- usually about 6 months after the building opens.

How can I donate to the project?

The elected Edgartown Library Board of Trustees have established the "Above and Beyond Fund." This fund was established to provide higher level finishes, furnishings and equipment for the new Edgartown Public Library. We welcome you to become part of our efforts to help fund the final touches of the Library with true Edgartown style. Your financial help is needed to complete such finishing touches as the children's reading garden, children's indoor lighthouse and reading nook, cooking demonstration station, cafe furnishings, front and back entrance gardens, upgraded flooring for the community room, and a host of other wish-list items. Your tax-deductible contributions will be recognized in the new building, and funds will be administered by the elected Edgartown Library Board of Trustees. Please click here to download a pledge card. Contact Library Director, Jill Dugas Hughes to learn more: edglibdirector[at]gmail.com/508.627.4221

What will happen to the Carnegie library building?

The Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust has agreed to take the lead in planning for adaptive community uses of the historic Carnegie library building.

Where can I get more details about the new library plan?

Please feel free to ask us at the library for more information.

Library Project Documents

Download pdf file: Library Building Program Document
Download pdf file: Carnegie Library Blueprints
Download pdf file: Documenting Our Current Facilities
Download pdf file: Carnegie Site Structural Engineer Study 2010
Download pdf file: Latest library plans as of May 2014
Download pdf file: Library Floor Plans
Download pdf file: Above & Beyond Fund Info Sheet
Download pdf file: Donate Card- Above & Beyond Fund


Click here to learn about the campaign to build the new Edgartown Public Library.


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Oil on Canvas, 25.5 by 36 inches. By Peleg Frederick Brownell, 1885. From the Simpson Collection. -- Although he started his career in New Bedford, Brownell became one of Canada's premier painters.
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Phone: 508-627-4221 and 508-627-1373