As with any building that has constant use, the Library needs updating and repairing. The maintenance and renovation that is planned for the Library is expected to cost $3.0 million. It will include a total redesign of the interior. The redesign and renovation will create more space for areas that desperately need it, such as the Adult’s Room, Children’s Room, and staff area. This additional space will allow for an improved patron experience. If the Library can raise additional funds, this exciting work will also involve installing new equipment, technology and furnishings in all of our public spaces. Plans include installing an elevator to the basement, new paint, upgraded plumbing, better lighting, bathroom upgrades and new carpeting.
The Town Council formally approved the plans for the project on March 18, 2019. Those plans include a RI Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS)-related bond, for which arrangements have been prepared with the Town Administrator.
The project also includes safety upgrades and necessary repairs and maintenance for the roof and the heating/cooling systems. The Library anticipates funding the approximately $3.0 million maintenance and renovation budget through several revenue sources:
- $1.0 million bond authorized by the voters in 2018
- $900,000 (estimate) from the State of Rhode Island (OLIS)
- $150,000 in a town capital account designated for the project
- $400,000 grant from the Champlin Foundation
- $550,000 - $600,000 from private philanthropy and grants. To date more than half of that has been raised.