Porter Memorial Library celebrating milestone in expansion project

The library is located at 87 Main St. in Blandford.

BLANDFORD, Mass. (WWLP) – Phase one of the Porter Memorial Library’s three-phase plan to expand its existing facility has been completed.

The library is holding an open house Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the competition of the phase.

The three-phase expansion project will expand both the physical plant of the library and the delivery services to patrons.

According to a Porter Memorial Library release sent to 22News, the first phase, Catalog Conversion, took one year to complete. During this process, each book, CD, map, journal and DVD was given a “digital identity” which has made it possible for the library to be a part of the Central and Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing network.  This network gives Porter Memorial Library patrons access to more than 9 million items in the collections of 144 libraries.

Patrons who attend the open house will be able to learn about the new CW/MARS system and online its ordering process.

The second and third phases of the expansion project will involve moving shelves, the installation of work stations, heating and cooling upgrades and repairs to windows, ceilings and floors.