Time to Renew
It’s Overdue

Expansion Renovation Library Project

This plan involves wrapping a 5,000 square-foot, single-story addition around 3 sides of the existing building. The approach saves the still structurally sound facility and doubles the size of the library to 10,625 square feet. Phasing will allow the Library to remain operational and open during the construction process.

Key Features of the Floor Plan:

  • A well-equipped Program room for up to 80 people
  • Conference Room for up to 16 people with video conferencing capabilities
  • 3 Meeting/Study Rooms for smaller group
    meetings available to access after hours
  • ADA compliant entrances, restrooms & aisles
  • Larger Children’s Room with adjoining activity room for patrons of all ages
  • Pre-teen collection & activity area
  • New designated Teen/Young Adult Room
  • Expanded Adult area with tables and seating for reading & study
  • 2 Quiet Study Rooms for tutoring sessions, individual study
  • Comfortable lounge seating with a self-serve cafe
  • Outdoor patio
  • Increased display space for exhibits, new materials & media
  • Public Access Computers
  • Open public WiFi connectivity available
  • Expanded functional staff work spaces
  • Dedicated storage areas

PLANNING

Established in 1892, the library was housed in the southwest corner of Town Hall. In 1895, a Board of Trustees was appointed to consider a “free public library”. By 1908, the “Stone Building” was completed and used as the town library for the next 65 years. In 1973, the Library moved to the building that houses it today. The Trustees have been working on improving the current building since 1997. In March 2017, the Trustees began implementing a plan to expand and renovate the library on its current footprint.

201820192020
January
Lavallee Brensinger Architects presents library expansion/renovation plan
January
Trustees vote to move forward with expansion/addition plan
January
Share project information with the community
April-June
Community Listening Sessions hosted to gain feedback on expansion plan
March
Voters approve library warrant article
& citizen’s petition
February
Deliberative Session to determine how library article appears on the ballot
May
Bonnette, Page & Stone selected as construction manager
June
NHPL Foundation & Friends group members review the schematic floor plan
March
North Hampton VOTES
December
Trustees receive initial cost study & pricing
July
Bonnette, Page & Stone provide GMP, not to exceed pricing
When the Ground Thaws –
Construction Begins


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.

SERVING

Library Trustees

The NHPL is governed by a Board of Trustees: 3 volunteers elected by voters serve 3 year terms

Library Staff

A Library Director and 2 other full-time staff members, 6 part-time employees and a dedicated group of volunteers serve the entire community of 4,600 residents


Open 6 days a week, average 1,600 people visit monthly

The Library’s $407,540 operating budget is provided by the Town budget Other financial support is derived from various sources such as grants, donations from private donors, copier use fees, book sales & a portion of funds donated to the Friends of the North Hampton Public Library.

Space Constraints

At the current 5,625 square feet, the most pressing problem is lack of space for:

  • Quiet reading areas, individual or small group meeting spaces
  • A dedicated Children’s Room and Activity Center
  • A meeting room that seats more that 40 adults
  • Entrances, aisles and restrooms that are ADA compliant (accommodating for wheelchairs, walkers & strollers)
  • A staff break room and separate offices for Youth Librarian and Assistant Director
  • Spaces for displays of local history collections, art, informational brochures, new books, DVDs, activity kits and new items
  • Storage spaces (staff room, hallways & meeting areas are currently used for storage space)
  • Teen Area (current teen area is used for quiet study space/small conference room/town records storage

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.

  • Project schedule/timeline
  • GMP pricing from BPS
  • NHPL Warrant Articles