Library DrawingThe CONNector

January 2002Volume 4 Number 1

East Granby Public Library

Mary Louise Jensen, Building Consultant

Photo of the outside of the library.On September 29, 2001, the new East Granby Public Library was dedicated. East Granby is located midway between Hartford, CT, and Springfield, MA, very near the Bradley International Airport. The area of the town is 17.6 square miles with a population of approximately 4,745. The main industries are manufacturing and quarrying.

The old library building, a split-level building, required patrons to go up 10 stairs to the first floor or down 10 stairs to the ground floor when they entered. The building was not handicapped accessible, was only 3,850 square feet, and could no longer meet the needs of the community.

Photo of the inside reading tables at the library.The new library, an 11,320 square foot building, is located in a town government complex with the fire and police departments, community center, ambulance service, and town hall. One major design objective for the new library building was that the scale of the library should fit with the surrounding buildings. The library is a one-story brick building with dormers. The main focal point of the building is the entrance with portico and cupola. Some keys areas in the library are

Photo of the outside reading tables at the library.Barbara Joslin and Jim Glenn from Best and Joslin Architects were the architects The landscape architect was Henry Withers from CR3.

The funding for this project came from grants, fundraising, and town bonding. The total cost of the project was $2,604,724. The first two major funding sources were a major gift (by January 27, 1999, the gift was worth $800,000) and a $500,000 State Public Library Construction Grant. Later the town voted a sum of $950,000. To date the library has raised an additional $300,000 and is continuing to raise more funds.

For more information about the new library, check out East Granby Public Library's webpage.

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