Marlborough Public Library Re-Opens


October 02, 2023
June Thammasnong
Communications Specialist
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After two years of construction, Marlborough Public Library celebrated its grand re-opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 2. Excited community members, state representatives and local officials gathered to be among the first to see the new addition and renovation of the historic Carnegie library building, with an expanded square footage of 38,306 sq. ft. from 22,300 sq. ft.

“I believe that communities can be understood by walking into their public library. We fund our priorities – they are a reflection of our values. You chose to fund this library…You are taking hold of your fundamental freedoms that are guaranteed by our Constitution. You believe in your people. This library is a place for everyone,” said Vicky Biancolo, Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, as she addressed the ceremony’s crowd.

The $24 million dollar project is partially funded with a $10.2 million Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).  The newly designed, fully accessible library will meet community needs and anticipate Marlborough’s population growth that is projected to reach 25,209 by 2035 with flexible meeting spaces and modern infrastructure. The renovated building includes more space for teens, a larger children’s room, quiet study spaces and expanded parking.

Updated technology and sustainable design throughout the library may qualify the renovation project for a Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) Green Library Incentive if official LEED certification from the US Green Building Council is attained. 

“The opportunities this building gives us are endless, and I promise that the dedicated library staff and I will open up those opportunities to all,” said Marlborough Public Library Director, Sara Belisle.

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, Fitchburg, Gloucester, Marlborough, Melrose, Sharon, Shutesbury, Swansea, and Westford.  Projects in Greenfield and Sherborn were recently completed. 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.