Library Building Project

FAQ for the Acton Public Library Renovation

Once additional funding is in place, we will move forward with the onsite renovation plans, including:

  • Finalize design, create blueprints, RFP & hire contractor
  • Begin renovation construction

The following areas of the Library will be the focus of the Renovation.

  • Teen Space
  • Children’s Office and work area within the Children’s Room
  • Reduced Circulation Desk
  • Reconfigured staff spaces on the main floor
  • Comfortable and mobile seating and gathering spaces
  • Additional Meeting Rooms
  • Expanded outdoor programming area and patio
  • Revised arrangement of library collections and services for children, teens, and adults, including computers, seating areas, group study and meeting areas

  • The Board of Trustees accepted a budget of $5.08 million for the renovation, plus construction contingencies.

The Renovation Funding will come from the following resources:

  • In November 2023, the Library was awarded a 2 million-dollar CT State Construction/Renovation Grant, with the stipulation that an additional 2 million dollars matching funds be raised from non-municipal funding resources.
  • The Acton Library has an existing 1-million-dollar Tucker Trust Fund, designated for Library building improvements.
  • The Library Board of Trustees is currently developing a Renovation Capital Campaign to raise an additional 1,250,000 million dollars
  • The Town has also committed to provide matching funds up to 2 million dollars

  • Our plan is to have the least amount of impact on the library community. That means we will stay open, but may have to close areas off from time to time, or rearrange furniture, or change locations of where programs might be held for a short while.

  • They will be shifted to various parts of the library. Staff may have to retrieve items for you during that time.

  • The Board of Trustees Fundraising Campaign will present many types of Donation and Naming options. The Fundraising Campaign will begin in 2024.  Donations can be made at any time to the Acton Public Library Renovation Fund. 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475. Attn: Amanda Brouwer.                      Gifts are tax-deductible.

Documentation:

Strategic Plan 2021-2024
Architectural Feasibility Study
RFP-RFQ for Architectural Services for Renovation

If you have questions please call Amanda Brouwer, Library Director at 860-388-8924 or email abrouwer@actonlibrary.org