Sherborn Celebrates its New Library


May 11, 2023
Celeste Bruno
Communications Director
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On April 29, state and local officials gathered with residents of Sherborn to celebrate the newly renovated and expanded Sherborn Public Library. The project is part of the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and received a $3.6 million construction grant. MBLC Commissioner Mary Ann Cluggish congratulated the community on coming together to support the building project. She called libraries “game-changers” that benefit all residents of all ages.

The library renovation and expansion showcases many features of a 21st century library including a dedicated space for teens and a public conference room. The original three level building, built in 1970, was brought up to code and is fully accessible to people with mobility disabilities. The project also added 9,007 square feet in a two-level addition that includes a community meeting room to seat 150 and a new children’s room.

The Sherborn Public Library will qualify for additional funding from MPLCP Green Library Incentive, if it attains official LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The MPLCP was first funded by a state bond authorization in 1987. Since then, it has helped more than 250 communities plan, build, renovate and/or expand their public libraries. The MPLCP is currently seeking a new $150 million bond authorization to support upcoming grant rounds. MPLCP projects are underway in the following communities:  Amherst, Deerfield, Gloucester, Marlborough, Melrose, Sharon, Shutesbury and Westford. Learn more about the program on the MBLC website and the Building Literacy podcast.

About MBLC

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.