What a new
Seekonk Public Library means.
Over six years ago, a group of dedicated community members–the Library Facilities Studies Committee–began working on a 20-year plan for the Seekonk Public Library.
Their work resulted in a vision of a new Library. Together with Library staff, the Committee completed the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners capital grant application. In July 2017, the Library was informed that it would receive a $7.3M construction grant that would offset 37% of the total $19.6M construction cost.
The pandemic has highlighted how important the Library is to our community. The Board of Library Trustees made the decision to keep the Library open as much as possible, institute curbside services, and develop innovative online programs. When we are post pandemic, and library operations normalize, we know the community will once again enjoy visiting and interacting with each other in the library space, and will welcome the opportunity to continue strengthening the bonds of this caring community.
When the public approves the project (Town Meeting in May and a public vote following it), Seekonk’s new 23,000 square foot building, will meet the needs of Seekonk for years to come with HVAC, air filtering and air handling that will be COVID-19 informed as well as furniture, bookshelves and meeting rooms designed for easy access and movement.
The new building will
Provide adequate space for collections
Connect people to a greater variety of information, materials and technology
Support local education and assist local businesses and job seekers
Act as a community center for all town citizens
Provide improved services to seniors and the general public
Welcoming, well-lit vibrant space with clear sightlines to program areas and collections
Easy access from the parking lot
Enlarged to accommodate play space and collections with a dedicated story time/activity room
Enhanced play space area will foster creativity, socialization, and the development of problem-solving skills
Low profile shelving will provide unobstructed views of the space
Dedicated family restroom
Young Adult Room
Dedicated Young Adult Room will provide teens with areas for study space, opportunity for socialization, and access to young adult collections in a space separate, yet visible to, the rest of the building
Accessible after-hours exiting to main entrance while Library proper is locked
Small catering prep area for events
Small Group Study Spaces
Variety of dedicated spaces for individual or collaborative group work
Integrated Outdoor Space
Drive up material return
Second-floor patio overlooking the Seekonk Meadows provides a shared space to socialize, read, study, or work