Town receives $5.3 million grant for new library

Jul 14, 2017

Dartmouth officials have secured a state grant that will fund half of the proposed library for that will replace the Tucker Road facility with a new one on Cross Road.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) awarded the town $5,346,004 toward building a new North Dartmouth branch.

[Related: Latest library design, budget unveiled at Select Board meeting]

The $10.2 million project is planned for 211 Cross Road, next to Potter Elementary. It will feature a new 14,000-square foot building with children’s and adult wings, a circulation desk located in the center of the building, and a 100-seat multi-purpose room that can still be accessed even after library hours.

Town officials have comprised a three-year plan to secure additional funding from voters, which includes setting aside $1,700,000 each year. Voters approved the first $700,000 in funding for the project at the October 2016 Town Meeting, and another $1,000,000 for the building at the June 2017 meeting.

This October, officials will ask Town Meeting members to approve another allotment for the project. Additionally, the Dartmouth Library Foundation — which was formed around 2005 — will launch a major capital campaign, said officials. Smaller fundraising events, aimed at covering softer costs like furnishing, will include a kids’ golf tournament, a murder mystery dinner, and author events. The foundation will also host a future cocktail party to unveil the new library.

The project will replace the current North Dartmouth library, as a future state project will realign Tucker Road through the existing site.

With state funding secured, the town will begin design development and put the project out for contractors’ bids. Officials said construction should begin by July 2018.

Dartmouth is one of nine Massachusetts communities to receive library funding. Thirty-three libraries had applied for construction grants; the remaining proposals have been waitlisted.