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For well over a century the residents of North Hampton have valued the important contributions their library has made to the community’s quality of life. Value and contributions that continue today with an eye to the future.

  • Established in 1892, the library was first housed in the southwest corner of the Town Hall
  • 1895 it was determined that a separate building was needed and a Board of Trustees was appointed to consider a “free public library”
  • 1908 the fieldstone North Hampton Library building was completed
  • 1972 Town Meeting voted for new building to be erected
  • 1973 (September) the brick facade North Hampton Public Library building was completed
  • 1997 community begins to recognize the need for the library’s expansion; architects submit plans
  • 2019 we’re still here

The need for a modern, larger, comfortable and functional Library has been widely recognized in the community for many years. The proposed renovation and expansion project is a partnership with the Town of North Hampton, a combination of public funding and donations from a variety of private sources. This is a common and successful collaboration in many New Hampshire and New England towns. The advantage is two-fold: it reduces taxpayers’ share of the costs, and gives willing benefactors the opportunity to give back to their community and to create a meaningful legacy for future generations.


The North Hampton Library is governed by a Board of Directors of three community volunteers elected by voters for 3-year terms. There is a Library Director, and two other full-time staff members, six part-time employees, and a dedicated group of volunteers. It is a municipal department and as such, like most New Hampshire towns, the lion’s share of the operating budget ($394,870 in 2019) is provided by the Town. A budget is prepared yearly by the library director and trustees, submitted to the town, and added to the overall town budget to be voted on by the citizens of North Hampton. The library receives no state or federal funding. Other financial support is derived from various sources such as grants, donations from private citizens, copier use fees and book sales.

Current Library Building Deficiencies

Summary of Library self-assessment, participant comments during a detailed planning study, several community listening sessions and public surveys citing the most significant challenges. The current Library building presents many issues that restrict the Library’s ability to carry out its mission fully and to serve the community into the future. At a current 5,625 square feet, the most pressing problem is lack of space.

Expansion & Renovation Plan

The current library built in 1973 was designed to fill the needs of the town for 30 years. The Library Board of Trustees began planning in 1996 for a new library.  Over those years, several combined attempts to include construction of a new library with a new Town Campus were advanced, but failed to achieve the required 60% voter approval.

During the past 2 years the Library Trustees have developed a separate, detailed plan for the expansion and renovation of the current Library building, an innovative and cost-effective alternative which will serve the community for decades to come.

Cost & Project Schedule

The need for a modern, larger, comfortable and functional Library has been widely recognized in the community for many years. The proposed renovation and expansion project is a partnership with the Town of North Hampton, a combination of public funding and donations from a variety of private sources. This is a common and successful collaboration in many New Hampshire and New England towns. The advantage is two-fold: it reduces taxpayers’ share of the costs, and gives willing benefactors the opportunity to give back to their community and to create a meaningful legacy for future generations.

The Architects Lavallee Brensinger and Construction Managers Bonnette, Page and Stone, who oversaw the North Hampton School renovation project in 2013, have provided a maximum price (GMP) for the expansion and renovation project of $3.5 million including site development, landscaping, renovation, construction, furnishings, equipment, and fees. Funding is to be shared between private contributions raised by the Library and a bond expected to be presented to voters for approval in March 2020.

The fundraising initiative is being conducted under the auspices of the North Hampton Public Library & Cultural Center Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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  • GMP pricing from BPS
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