Medford will debut its new library, boasts a green building

The shelving is now not Flamingo pink.

The vaulted ceilings are harking back to a ship’s maintain. Huge home windows enable the sunshine to stream in. Comfortable seating is scattered all through.

In the teen meeting room of the new Medford Public Library there's a view of the world.

And there’s sufficient room for books, books and extra books, in addition to the Medford Public Library’s assortment of native historic artifacts, a house for essentially the most trendy of computer systems, rooms for making “stuff” and sufficient counter house within the worker workrooms to make sure that laboring in them is a pleasure.


The new library, named for Charlotte and William Bloomberg, the dad and mom of one among its most beneficiant donors, former New York City mayor and Medford native Michael Bloomberg, is ready to open subsequent month at its former location on High Street.

The library remains to be shifting from its short-term residence at 200 Boston Ave., into the new construction.

“A lot has been moved over already,” mentioned Library Director Barbara Kerr on Dec. 8, as she gave the Transcript a personal tour of the new facility, declaring the building’s highlights. But the employees nonetheless lack telephones, the books are being unpacked and the trash bins are but to be discovered.

Before all of it started, there was a survey asking what individuals wished:

  • Comfortable chairs
  • Meeting and public house
  • Maker house
  • Technology
  • Better bogs

The new construction was constructed with the group in thoughts. There are assembly and classrooms for all ages, a particular house devoted to youngsters and one for youngsters and there’s even an atrium the place espresso and snacks will be accessible.

“We tried to get a real café,” Kerr mentioned, however it was logistically not possible, so the library settled for a espresso cart and merchandising machines.

The new building, harking back to waves breaking on a seaside, replaces one constructed in 1960. Despite its comparatively younger age, the building quickly grew too small, and too antiquated, for the wants of a trendy library. Pre-dating the explosion of computer systems and the Internet, the variety of retailers was insufficient, and it was not wired for cable or Wi-Fi.


The second ground was inaccessible to complete segments of the inhabitants and it didn’t adjust to the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act. It was

It was constructed to be a Net Zero construction, the primary library to realize the standing in Massachusetts was additionally rated a LEED Silver, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. There are greater than 700 roof-top photo voltaic panels, sensible lights that regulate to ambient mild from the home windows and sense when persons are within the room. The sensible thermostat regulate itself, and the buildings locks up on its personal, too.

“The building was very carefully constructed,” Kerr mentioned. “The designers did not favor form over function.”

Estimated to price about $34 million, it has are available in underneath funds, however by how a lot the director nonetheless has to calculate. The metropolis’s share was estimated to be $30 million, with $4 million from the Library Commissioners. However, the Library Commissioners raised $12 million and Michael Bloomberg gave the undertaking $3 million.

Fundraising, within the type of bought pavers etched with donor names, leaves and tiles, additionally naming names, helped fund the undertaking. Some individuals funded total rooms; the auditorium is called Bonsignore Hall, for the household that paid for the 100-seat gathering house.

Medford's  local history collection will get its own room at the city's new library

“We’ve already had inquiries about hosting events,” Kerr mentioned, noting the foyer and different areas could be sectioned off and used independently of the library.

The arched construction, designed by architect Angela Ward Hyatt of Schwartz Silver of Boston, was managed by Vertex and erected by G&R Construction. It sits within the footprint of the building it changed. However, the grading was adjusted to that each flooring are accessible as a floor stage, both from the entrance or the rear.

Kerr even made positive the trash room was simply accessible by the custodian and has a door that leads exterior on to the trash barrels storage space.

The flooring themselves, a petrochemical product, could be scrubbed or vacuumed, furnishings is washable. An enormous mosaic welcomes resident as they stroll by means of the entrance door.

“Art,” mentioned Kerr, “is always a feature of Bloomberg’s donation.”

A detail of the mosaic that greets library patrons at the new Medford Public Library, named for Charlotte and William Bloomberg.

There is a mushy opening scheduled for Jan. 3, with a public opening occasion scheduled for Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

“I’m waiting for the day we open and the kids (from St. Joseph’s School) come streaming across the street en mass,” mentioned Kerr, noting the kids have a particular place within the library, constructed only for them.

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