The $12 million Scituate Town Library renovation and expansion may cause disruptions, but library officials said operations will continue unimpeded.
Plans are in motion to move library functions to another facility, either in a rented building or in a modular structure on town-owned land.
“We won’t be closing,” assured Scituate Library Director Jessi Finnie.
Library construction is slated for November and will need to begin before the one-year anniversary of when the town received approval for state library funds in December, Finnie said. The construction is expected to last from 14 to 18 months.
Even during the move, robust staffing levels will allow the library to help patrons while others work on moving materials.
If the library needs to close for the moving, it won't be longer than a week, Finnie said.
While the library square footage will increase 35 percent with the renovation, meeting space will be limited in the temporary facility.
According to Finnie, the temporary space is likely only to be between 10,000 and 13,000 square feet, down from the library’s current 26,000 square feet.
Yet programs that utilize the space, such as the hugely popular Mama Steph or events like Scituate Arts Association Meet the Artist talks, won’t have to shut down entirely.
Finnie said that the library will work with the town to get use of areas like the Scituate Harbor Community Building at Pier 44, G.A.R. hall and the Maritime Center.
"We’ll probably try to work with [the town] to get those spaces periodically so we can continue programming even during this temporary relocation,” Finnie said.
Smaller programs, such as children story time, can likely continue in the temporary facility, Finnie said.
Though the library may have to box up some of its books during the transition, patrons will still be able to get books from other libraries in the Old Colony Library Network. The library will get a daily delivery of requested books.
“That’s the way a lot of other libraries in this process have been able to continue circulation and continue to meet the needs of patrons,” Finnie said.
Library officials have been planning a move to a temporary new space since December, when the town finalized library expansion and renovation funding.
Approximately $5 million of the funding stems from a Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners grant. Fundraising has brought in over $600,000 toward the remaining balance, with town residents to provide the rest.