Proposed Library Expansion

The Futures Plan will completely renovate the current library building and increase its size from 17,144 square feet to 37,189 square feet.  The project is designed to build brighter futures for all of our library users, specifically:

Futures for Children
The new Children’s Library will be moved to the current Adult Area on the Main Level creating a 6,300 square foot space that includes:

  • a 922 square foot children’s program and craft room
  • early-literacy and STEAM Exploration Centers
  • lower bookshelves and book bins for easier access
  • a variety of comfortable and functional furniture for children and caregivers
  • a family restroom with changing station

Futures for Teens
A separate Teen Library will be built in the lower level of the new wing.  Staffed by a full-time Teen Librarian this new 1700 square foot area will include:

  • a state-of-the-art multi-media program room.
  • an increased number of dedicated teen computer stations.
  • increased shelving to accommodate an expanded teen collection.
  • group work spaces and comfortable seating designed especially for teens.

Futures for Adults
For our adult patrons, having quiet reading and work spaces separate from noisier areas of the Library is a key benefit of the new design.  Adult visitors will be able to enjoy:

  • a beautifully restored quiet reading room in the most historically significant part of the library.
  • three additional group study rooms for smaller meetings and instructional classes.
  • improved material and display shelving for easier access to adult collections.
  • new comfortable and functional furniture in all adult areas.

Futures for Community
Features that will benefit all users of the library will be:

  • on-site parking for approximately 45 cars.
  • a main-level, 1100 square foot program room that seats 90 participants.
  • a self-serve café area with snacks, beverages, and seating.
  • improved technology access including faster internet service and wireless capabilities.

RESPECTING THE PAST

The library sits on a 1.8-acre lot that includes four existing buildings.  The original library – designed by Henry Bacon, architect of the Lincoln Memorial – constitutes the main block of the current library. Its entrance along the Boston Post Road will be retained and the structure cleaned and restored.  Three adjacent buildings are also historically significant to the development of Madison’s downtown.

  • One historic building (the old post office) will be moved forward on the property to create a more cohesive streetscape.
  • A two-family residence built in 1984 will be demolished to make room for onsite parking, which will connect directly to the library’s new main entrance.
  • The façade of the Hull Office Building, a 96-year-old brick-faced structure directly behind the library, will be retained to keep the streetscape as intact as possible.