The state on Friday approved more than $41.8 million to build new libraries in eight Massachusetts communities, including Belmont, Scituate, Shrewsbury and Framingham.
The grants by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners amount to roughly half of the cost of the new projects. The individual towns will have to pay the other half.
“Public libraries are a valuable resource for cities, towns and residents across the Commonwealth,” Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray said in a statement. “These grants, and others before it, will assist municipalities with construction of top-notch, environmentally-conscious facilities that will serve residents for many years to come.”
The Belmont Public Library will get nearly $7.6 million, Framingham more than $4.1-million, Scituate nearly $5 million, and Shrewsbury nearly $8-million, according to a press release by the board.
Other recipients include the Reading public library, which would get $5.1 million; the Edgartown libary, which would get just over $5-million; the Salisbury library, which would get $3.85 million and the Acushnet libary, which would get just under $3.2 million.
Many public libraries, some built over 100 years ago, struggle to meet the growing demand for library services and lack handicap accessiblity, the board said in its press release.
“Advances in technology have only increased the demand and need for library services,” said MBLC Commissioner and Building Committee Liaison Greg Shesko. “Residents are using their libraries for access to technology and also as community spaces where programs and other activities help them learn new skills and get to know their neighbors. These grants will help libraries meet residents’ needs now and into the future.”