Meriden Library Building Committee Shannon Decker,Chair, Shawn Rogers, William Knight, Jeanne Woodward-Poor, Terri Crane, Joseph Crate, Leeli Bonney, Judy Hallam, Suzanne Spencer, Jeff Albright
Advisors: Brad Atwater, Stephen Halleran, Mary King
The Meriden Library Building Committee has been working hard since 2017 to create plans for a new facility that will meet the established needs of the town in a modern building while preserving the warmth and charm that we love in our existing building. Since this is a public project, we have given significant attention to ensure that the building and grounds are designed to be accessible, durable, easy to maintain, and exceptionally energy-efficient (using environmentally sustainable materials and methods), to maximize the value to taxpayers over the long term.
Here are some highlights of the new Meriden Library building:
- The new building will be on the site of the current library. It will be single-story, positioned on a slight rise above street level, with walkways leading to entries at grade level.
- The scale of the new building is appropriate for a public building in a rural New England village, with slightly larger surfaces and volumes than a house, but not overpowering to the neighborhood.
- Parking will be expanded to provide 18 parking spaces along the western side of the building, including ADA compliant parking spaces.
- To improve safety for pedestrians and vehicles, curbing and sidewalks will separate cars and people, and new sidewalks will lead from the street and parking areas to the main entrance.
- Energy-efficient exterior lighting will allow drivers and pedestrians to safely navigate parking areas and walkways.
- The library building itself will provide a welcoming, comfortable experience for patrons. It will be well-lit using natural and (controlled) mechanical light. It will be heated, cooled, and ventilated with equipment that is extremely energy efficient, using heat pumps and energy-recovery ventilators.
- The new building will include familiar materials and colors for siding, roofing, and interior finishes that will be selected for their aesthetics, durability, and ease of maintenance.
- The new building is sized to accommodate all of the existing functions of the current library and incorporates the necessary features to make the building safe, accessible to all, and compliant with all applicable building codes.
- The building includes spaces tailored to the needs of children, teens, and adults.
- A new meeting room will see regular use for library-sponsored activities. It is also designed so that it can be used for activities outside of library hours.
- The entry lobby includes bathrooms and a kitchenette that allow for independent use without disturbing functions in either the library proper or the meeting room.
- Working with Bensonwood, a respected design-build firm with existing projects in the Upper Valley, has enabled us to see actual samples of their work and given us a very good understanding of how the building will look and feel. It has also enabled our high confidence that we can create a beautiful building within the planned budget that will serve us well for decades to come.
PLUS: More than 80% of the project budget is already accounted for through pledges and existing funds!
For more information about the Meriden Library Project go to:
For information on how to donate to the Building Fund contact the Meriden Library Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org