Woburn Public Library The Woburn Public Library has stood at the heart of the city since it was built in 1879.  While it became an icon for the city and a mecca for information, the library quickly outgrew its beautiful building.  Less than a hundred years after the library opened, in 1962, the “Shaffer Report” was released, recommending an addition to the library building due to a lack of space for library service.  Library officials and city residents have spent nearly fifty years trying to expand the library, facing roadblock after roadblock.  You can read the entire timeline here.