Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that the David & Joyce Milne Public Library in Williamstown will receive a $40,000 grant to fund the planning of a library project.
This funding is critical to the planning and design work slated for the Williamstown Public Library. Over the last 10 years, the Williamstown Public Library has grown to have the 2nd highest circulation (quantity of materials checked in and out) in Berkshire County - Pittsfield’s Berkshire Athenaeum being the highest. Last year, the Library shipped and received over 22,000 books, DVDs, CDs, and other publications and materials. It has become necessary to expand usable space into the basement of the building, which was never addressed during the last renovation 10 years ago.
Pat McLeod, Library Director, explains that expanding the basement will provide much-needed space to house expanded collections and additional meeting rooms. The building will also be updated to provide elevator service, additional fire exits and proper ventilation.
“The Williamstown Public Library is vibrant and has become the epicenter of community activity. This funding is critical to moving the proposed expansion into the planning and development phases,” stated Downing.
A feasibility study is being conducted by Guntlow & Associates of Williamstown to develop a site plan and to determine the structure’s capacity for renovation. These results will be used to focus the design of the Library’s expansion plans.