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Building News

Model of proposed Library additionHonored as an historic landmark on the National Register, the Woburn Public Library is truly a jewel in need. Our current space limitations restrict the opportunity to expand services, programs and materials.

Built in 1879, the Woburn Public Library was the first library designed by acclaimed architect H.H. Richardson and it is the only one that has never seen a major renovation and addition. Join us as we work to renovate and expand our community icon, and bring it into the 21st century.

In January 2011 the Library Trustees went before City Council with a presentation about the building project. You can read about that presentation, and download the presentation components, here.

Building Project Update

We have been awarded a provisional building grant of nearly $10 million by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. This grant is dependent on monetary support from the City, and will be awarded in the next few years.  To read more about the grant announcement, you can read the July 2011 press release here.

Plans for the new addition and renovation have been completed and are on display in the Library’s Reference area. You can also view photos on the Library’s flickr page. The architectural firm CBT Architects has done a wonderful job of designing an addition that creates space for library materials and programs while coordinating with, and respecting, the original building.

A 3D animated tour of the proposed addition can be seen here.

How You Can Help

We are actively seeking donations to the Building Fund, which can be made online, by mail or in person. We appreciate all donations, no matter the size.

You can also show your support of the Library by contacting the Mayor or your Alderman and telling them why you believe the residents of Woburn deserve a functional, accessible and enhanced Library. To find your Alderman’s contact information click here.

Learn More About the Library

Watch the award-winning documentary about the Library and its need for an addition. The Library Awareness Film was written and directed by Claire Murphy and produced by Brian Ouellette of Plasma Films. Click here to watch the film.

We have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page about the Building Project. Click here to read more about the Library’s need and the plans to renovate the buidling.

You are always welcome to contact the Library with any questions you may have about the Building Project. Click here to get our contact information, or call us at 781-933-0148.