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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
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July 7, 2005
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

$21.5 Million in Construction Grants Awarded
Waiting List Established

BOSTON: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded seven Projects for General Construction Grants totaling $21,508,811 to seven public libraries across the Commonwealth from the 2004-2005 Grant Round.

A General Project may be either a project to construct a new facility, an addition/renovation to an existing building that may or may not add space but does involve a significant reorganization of functional space, or a joint library project that will involve construction of a facility by two or more municipalities.

Applications were reviewed based on the following evaluative criteria as stated in the regulations (605 CMR 6.08 (6)), application and review sheet: General Overview, Project Information, Needs Assessment, Planning Process, Building Program and Its Relation to Project, Project Design, Financial, Site and Exterior Design, Library Services (Adult, Children, Staff Member, and Custodian), and Overall Assessment. These awards take into account the ranking of projects by outside reviewers, the distribution of projects by community size, and a measure of economic hardship based on an equalized valuation (EQV) per capita factor.

The projects are listed in alphabetical order.

Municipality Library Award
Acushnet Russell Memorial Library $1,791,852
Bolton Bolton Public Library $2,487,906
Cambridge Cambridge Public Library $6,651,647
Milton Milton Public Library $3,685,725
Wendell Wendell Free Library $926,566
Wilbraham Wilbraham Public Library $2,587,500
Wilmington Wilmington Memorial Library $3,377,615
Total $21,508,811

In addition, the Board also approved a waiting list for receipt of General Construction Grants totaling $68,469,665 to the following 25 public libraries to be awarded a grant in the order listed as funding becomes available. (Note that the Cambridge Public Library has been granted a split award totaling $10,698,495 putting it on both the Grant Award List and the Waiting List.)

The projects are listed in ranked order.

Rank Municipality Library Award
1 Cambridge Cambridge Public Library $4,046,848
2 Heath Heath Free Public Library $1,184,568
3 Dalton Dalton Free Public Library $2,690,945
4 Dudley Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library $2,314,574
5 Mashpee Mashpee Public Library $2,551,775
6 Auburn Auburn Public Library $3,642,454
7 Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Public Library $3,447,211
8 Falmouth Falmouth Public Library $2,671,086
9 Westhampton Westhampton Memorial Library $926,151
10 Millis Millis Public Library $2,425,712
11 Norwell Norwell Public Library $2,694,676
12 Belchertown Clapp Memorial Library $2,910,926
13 Belmont Belmont Memorial Library $4,629,186
14 Holyoke Holyoke Public Library $3,797,908
15 Buckland Buckland Public Library $460,520
16 Upton Upton Town Library $2,395,993
17 Boxford Boxford Town Library $2,421,080
18 Holbrook Holbrook Public Library $1,709,231
19 Bourne Jonathan Bourne Public Library $2,480,610
20 Gloucester Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library $3,956,355
21 Edgartown Edgartown Free Public Library $3,994,397
22 Westwood Westwood Public Library $3,216,460
23 Woburn Woburn Public Library $4,152,806
24 Dartmouth Dartmouth Public Libraries (Branch) $2,375,919
25 Everett Shute Memorial Library (Branch) $1,372,274
Total $68,469,665

Further information about the Construction Grants can be found on this Web site at

The Board of Library Commissioners ( is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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