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The Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation committed to support the continued growth and development of the Wolfeboro Library. The Foundation reinforces the need for continued public support for the library and is a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses and organizations. We seek to enhance library services that benefit educational, cultural and community goals. Foundation grants to the Library are separate from the Town’s obligations to support the Library.

Learn everything you need to know about our project to expand the Wolfeboro Public Library.

Public libraries are busier than ever. The Wolfeboro Public Library averages approximately 90,000 visits a year. In addition to borrowing books and other materials, people are using the library in a growing number of ways. Public computers and free wi-fi enable patrons to conduct business, take online courses, do genealogy and other research, connect with friends and family and more. The library has also become an important social gathering space for families with young children, senior citizens, tweens, teens and many local organizations. Hundreds of adults and children take advantage of the wide variety of free programs offered throughout the year.
Due to size and design constraints and the deteriorating condition of the building, we are currently unable to effectively meet the growing and diverse needs of our community.
To see the challenges the library faces, watch this slideshow.
No. After years of study and analysis, we believe the best solution to the building, space, and programming needs we have identified is a renovation and redesign of the existing building coupled with a modest expansion. Built in 1979, the library has served the community well. However, after forty years the roof is in dire need of replacement and must be brought up to current building codes. The heating system is outdated and unreliable. The building has no insulation. Staff and volunteers work in cramped quarters. There are no quiet study areas. More seating, meeting, and social spaces are needed to meet the demands of a new generation of library users. Reuse of the existing building and its materials is the greenest approach to redevelopment.
The proposed plan would create a separate, secure children's area. Meeting and activity space would be increased. Two quiet study rooms would be added. The failing flat roof will be replaced with a new hipped roof. The obsolete heating system will be replaced. Lighting, air quality and energy efficiency will be improved. Staff and storage areas will be expanded. Space will be created for important archival and historic materials while providing a dedicated space for genealogy research. Light-filled, comfortable seating areas will be created for socializing and independent reading.
For more detailed information on each of these improvements, read the Service Points from the project.
A positive vote at the March 2018 Town Meeting will launch the project. Construction drawings and related work will begin immediately and ground-breaking will occur in the fall. Project completion target is early 2020.
The proposed plan calls for a minimum of disruption. Library operations will continue in the existing building while the addition is under construction. Once the addition is complete, operations will temporarily relocate to the new space so that renovations can be completed in the existing building. Most library services will continue but some may be reduced. During roof replacement, the library will close for a week or two. Library staff plans to bring more library services to alternative spaces in the community to lessen any temporary negative impacts of the renovation.
Professional construction estimates set the total project price at approximately $5 million dollars. A public/private partnership is proposed to share the cost with taxpayers. The Wolfeboro Library Foundation is the entity created to serve as the private fundraising component of this partnership.
The process is consistent with the approach used in securing private donations for the Wolfeboro Town Hall Renovation and the construction of a new Abenaki Ski Area Lodge. These two projects have set a very solid precedent for the Library project to be partly supported by private pledging. The Wolfeboro Library Foundation is confident that the public/private model will work best for this project.
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A public private partnership will reduce the cost to the Wolfeboro taxpayers of expanding and renovating the Wolfeboro Public Library. The process is consistent with the approaches used in the private donations to the Town Hall and to the Abenaki Lodge. These two projects have set a very solid precedent for the Library project to be supported by private pledging.
The Foundation is incorporated and regulated under the laws of the State of New Hampshire. The business of the Foundation is conducted by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of private citizens of Wolfeboro and the surrounding area.
The fundraising campaign to raise the capital for the Wolfeboro Public Library renovation and expansion project is being conducted during 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Yes. The Foundation will collect donations in 2016 and 2017 and hold them for the renovation and expansion of the Library.
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You can view the Library Building Fund Agreement for more information.
Pledges to the Foundation’s Library Building Fund are of two types, - Conditional 3 year 2018-19-20 Pledges and Unconditional 5 year Pledges covering 2016-17-18-19-20. Conditional pledge payments become payable after passage of the 2018 Wolfeboro Library Construction Warrant article.
Yes, your donations to the Foundation’s Library Building Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation is a 501(c) Corporation.
Yes, instructions are available describing the process to donate securities.
The Wolfeboro Library and the Wolfeboro Public Library Foundation need volunteers to assist with this project. Please sign-up at the Library and let us know what you are willing to do..
The Library Foundation will announce pledge totals throughout the campaign. The total of the pledges and contributions will be announced to the Town citizens at the 2018 Deliberative Session..
An appropriate schedule for paying the Foundation money to the Town will be arranged with Town officials consistent with the construction cycle of the expanded library building.
The Library Board of Trustees, Library staff, Friends of the Library, and the Foundation are all working together in jointly supporting the renovation and expansion of the library building. The Library Director is an official Liaison to the Foundation Board. One additional member of the Library Board of Trustees and Chair of the Library Building Committee is a Foundation Director. The Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation Board each have members on the Library Building Committee.


What do we stand to gain by completing the proposed expansion and renovation of the Wolfeboro Public Library?

Wolfboro Public Library Floor plan June 2018