Dear Friends & Neighbors,
This past year, the Library Trustees continued developing and refining building plans for the North Hampton Public Library addition and renovation. Several community listening sessions were held in late spring and summer by Ron Lamarre of Lavallee Brensinger Architects and we heard input from citizens excited about expanding the existing library spaces and developing new areas for children, teens and adults. The library circulated over 39,000 items, held 335 meetings and distributed 337 museum and other passes to our community. Over 1500 people per month use the library. It is our community center, a social outlet and the resource for learning and technology for so many of our North Hampton citizens.
The current library building was built in 1972 to fill a 20-year need. The library began expansion plans in 1997 and has been involved in the North Hampton Master Plan (1999), Dennis Mires plan (2001), Warren Street town campus plan (2011), Town Charrette (2013) and Town Campus Plan (2015 & 2016).
The new building plan approved by the Library Trustees involves wrapping the existing library structure on 3 sides with an addition, phasing the construction and renovating the interior of the current library. This will allow us to save the structure of the building, the roof of the building and exterior load bearing walls and take advantage of not having to build the existing 5,250 sq. ft. The library will also remain operational and open for the community. The plan will add an additional 5,000 sq. ft. on the library’s current footprint. The new library building will have a new entryway that will allow access to a meeting room for larger programs (75-100 people) and smaller conferences spaces that can be accessible for community members after hours. New ADA compliant, handicap accessible restrooms and aisles will be able to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. This plan creates a new children’s room, programming/craft area, teen & senior space and new flexible workspaces for staff members.
The Library Trustees selected construction managers, Bonnette, Page & Stone in May to provide a Library Addition & Renovation Cost Study. In October, Ron Lamarree of Lavallee Brensinger, and Keith McBey of BPS presented their calculated estimated cost at $2,495,955 + $500,000 soft costs. The Library currently has $338,476.01 as of 12/31/18 in the Library Capital Reserve Fund and $247,226.91 in donations to put towards a new building. The Trustees have spent $30,261.52 on this project over the past year and a half to move forward with the current Addition & Renovation plan. With the $100,000 in matching funds by the library for the current $100,000 warrant article to be voted on March 12th the library is ready to start building for the future. The Library’s Friends and NHPLCC Foundation will help fundraise towards the total cost of the addition and renovation plan. We look forward to community support as we continue with our plans for a new library building.
NHPL Board of Trustees