The Challenges

As part of the design process of our new library, Hopkinton residents identified in a series of public meetings and questionnaires four main areas of needed improvement:

Inadequate Space

The last renovation of Hopkinton Public Library was in 1967, when Library Trustees acquired and connected the adjacent Episcopal Church to the original library building. This expansion increased the size of the library to 5,783 square feet. For the last 45 years, the library has remained unchanged. As a result, the following space constraints exist:

  • Insufficient space for print and media collections
  • Children’s Room severely overcrowded
  • Public computer space insufficient for demand
  • Lack of meeting or study space
  • No space to accommodate growth of digital and print media
  • Insufficient and poorly designed staff space impedes workflow and staff efficiency
  • Lack of dedicated room for library programs and community activities
  • Lack of seating, tables and private conference rooms

Deteriorating Condition of Existing Building

In September 2012, the Permanent Building Committee (PBC) estimated that capital repairs to the existing building will cost $1.1 million. This figure does not include any unforeseen costs of repairing the building, such deficiencies found under the existing roof. Some of the capital repairs include:

  • Old, inefficient heating and cooling systems require replacement
  • Repairs to the building envelope, including the stonework, roof and windows
  • Escalating maintenance costs due to age of structure
  • Building infrastructure needs renovation to accommodate modern technology

Lack of Handicap Accessibility

More than 20 years after the American with Disabilities Act, our library is still not accessible.

    • Restroom facilities


Public Toilet Room (note step down)
Neither of the two restrooms in the library are ADA accessible. The lack of this essential feature of the library restricts access of persons with mobility impairments, especially those with wheelchairs.

    • No elevator to the Children’s Room on the 2nd floor


The Children’s Room, located on the Second Floor of the library, is only accessible by climbing 17 stairs and 2 interim landings.
Access for persons with physical disabilities is impossible, and very difficult for those with strollers.

Lack of Parking

The parking lot adjacent to the library has only six spaces for staff and handicapped patrons. Patrons must park on the street.