Goffstown library director, trustee talk about expansion
Library Director Dianne Hathaway and Michael Lawler, board of library trustees chairman, made the presentation to the CIP committee Thursday evening. Lawler said there is a need for the $4.7 million expansion project that was proposed in 2008.
The library staff works in public spaces including meeting rooms and storage space is at capacity, Lawler said. A comparison with libraries in similar towns showed Goffstown’s 5,106 square foot library was smaller physically and in the size of its collection, he said.
Lawler said it was difficult to determine costs without a design plan. The CIP proposal calls for $150,000 in 2016 for planning and design, $4,700,000 in 2017 for construction, equipment and furnishings, and $350,000 for other costs.
“Our intent is to offset as much as we can through fundraising and grants,” Lawler said.
The CIP committee generally meets with department heads from May through August.
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