Greenfield to launch a fundraiser to build a new public library

Greenfield is applying for state grants to help fund the new building

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Out with the old and in with the new.

There’s a plan to build a new public library in Greenfield. The current one was built as a private home for a judge in 1797. The Leavitt-Hovey House was converted into a library in 1909 and is protected on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It’s really time for a brand new library and have a little more space in it and have more books in it,” said Wayne Conttrill of Greenfield.

The current public library doesn’t meet existing standards, in efficiency, energy, or technology.

“More people will be able to utilize it and that’s what it’s all about because there’s so many services at a library with internet now,” said Tracy Deary of Colrain.

The new two-story library would be build right next to the current one on Main Street in Greenfield. It would allow for better technology and more space inside.

Greenfield is applying for state grants to help fund the new building. The state said it would cover half the total cost, although that number hasn’t been determined yet. But the town has set a goal of fundraising 3 million dollars.

“This is the best window to do something like this, the interest rates are still low, and the economy is starting to chug along, said Greenfield Mayor William Martin. “I think in the future our window to built a new library will be less.”

Martin told 22News the town also wants to combine the fire and police departments into a new public safety complex. He said the fire station building doesn’t provide enough room for its workers or their equipment.

The town plans to start fundraising next year. If enough money is raised, construction would begin in 2020.