Why a Bigger Library?

The E.C. Scranton Memorial Library is well used and well loved.  But it is straining at the seams and struggling to meet expectations for a 21st-century library.  Daily, this severe shortage of space and lack of parking creates conflicts and compromises for library patrons and staff.  It is a major barrier between us and our potential.

Now there is a plan, the “Futures” plan, to create a right-sized library that will serve the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s generations, while respecting our past by preserving the character of the library’s neighborhood and original building. This plan is estimated to cost $15 million dollars and will be funded with a combination of Town bond money, grants, and donations.  On February 7, 2017, the voters of Madison approved a $9 million bond for this project.  In addition, we have raised a little over $5.3 million including:

  • $1 million State Library construction grant
  • $1 million State construction bond
  • $1 million grant from a private foundation
  • Over $2 million in private pledges and donations

Fundraising will continue to achieve the total amount needed for the project.  Please click for details on making a pledge or donation to the project.