April 6, 2006
Director, Communications & Public Information
Cambridge Public Library Receives Additional $4 Million
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is pleased to announce that it has awarded the City of Cambridge $4,046,848 for the new main Cambridge Public Library. This is in addition to $6,651,647 that was awarded in July 2005, which now completes its Public Library Construction Grant totaling $10,698,495. Thus, the project has now moved off the Waiting List.
Although the Cambridge Public Library is one of the busiest libraries in the Commonwealth, it has been housed in one of the smallest urban libraries. The project includes restoration of the 1889 historic library, and demolition of a 1967 addition. A new addition will be constructed on the current parking lot that will be replaced by an underground garage. The new facility will contain about two and a half times its current space, be air-conditioned, and in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new Children's Room and a variety of meetings spaces are also included.
Further information about the Construction Grants can be found at http://mblc.state.ma.us/grants/construction/index.php.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) 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.