Weymouth council will look at library plans Tuesday night

Patriot Ledger | By Jessica Trufant
January 1, 2017

WEYMOUTH – The town council will see preliminary plans for a new two-story, 53,000-square-foot main library when it meets Tuesday night.

The council will consider accepting the schematic design prepared by Johnson Roberts Associates of Somerville so that it can be submitted with an application for a grant from the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program.

The new library would be built on the current Tufts Library site in Weymouth Landing.

The 33,000-square-foot Tufts Library was built in 1965 and needs millions of dollars worth of repairs just to update systems and get rid of asbestos. The layout is outdated and no longer meets patrons’ need for more computers and public meeting space.

In June, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners accepted the town’s 20-year projection of its library needs. The grant application is due by Jan. 26, and the state will rank projects for funding next summer. The town would need to fund the local share within six months after that.

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