Designing & Building Our Future Library

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In November of 2022, Manchester voters approved the funding to build a new main library at 1041 Main Street and the Board of Directors established the Library Building Committee dedicated to the planning and oversight of the project. (See Board Resolution and Committee Members Roster under "Important Documents")

This Your Voice Matters Manchester page will provide timely updates on the progress of the library building project and opportunities for community residents and businesses to share their vision, both in-person and online, ensuring that the new library becomes a true reflection of the town's needs and desires. We aim to create a 21st-century public library that serves as a vibrant hub for learning, culture, and connection, and as a repository of knowledge and information, enhancing the public library's pivotal role in the Manchester community.

You will find sections of this page with news about community engagement events, study results of the 21st Century Library Task Force background history, and opportunities for you to share ideas, needs, and interests.

Thank you for your support and for engaging in this generational investment in our community’s future.


In November of 2022, Manchester voters approved the funding to build a new main library at 1041 Main Street and the Board of Directors established the Library Building Committee dedicated to the planning and oversight of the project. (See Board Resolution and Committee Members Roster under "Important Documents")

This Your Voice Matters Manchester page will provide timely updates on the progress of the library building project and opportunities for community residents and businesses to share their vision, both in-person and online, ensuring that the new library becomes a true reflection of the town's needs and desires. We aim to create a 21st-century public library that serves as a vibrant hub for learning, culture, and connection, and as a repository of knowledge and information, enhancing the public library's pivotal role in the Manchester community.

You will find sections of this page with news about community engagement events, study results of the 21st Century Library Task Force background history, and opportunities for you to share ideas, needs, and interests.

Thank you for your support and for engaging in this generational investment in our community’s future.


  • Early Library Design Renderings Presented to Board of Directors

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    On March 5, 2024, the Library Building Committee, and the library design team comprised of town staff, Friar/ HBM Architects, and construction manager O&G Industries, presented current building design renderings, and schematic cost estimates to the Board of Directors, all of which will be continuously updated through the upcoming design and construction process. The report summarized the design building process to date and forecasted future activities and timelines.


    The Board of Directors unanimously commended the work of the Library Building Committee on its work and supported the direction regarding the exterior and interior design of the new library building.

    View the presentation here

  • Results of Community and Library Staff Input on New Building Design

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    Through October and November 2023, HBM Architects facilitated two in-person gatherings and an online survey for Manchester residents that generated over 300 responses. This process identified key features and functions that are most important to future library patrons.

    In addition to public engagement, current library staff were surveyed to gather further information about their needs and preferences in a new library.

    These results, along with previous input from the community and library staff as part of the 21st Century Library Task Force, have informed early building design renderings and will guide future building development and construction activities.

    Find report results here

  • Our Design Conversations were a great success!

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    Thank you to everyone who attended today and yesterday’s design conversations at Manchester Mary Cheney Library. Your passion, dedication, and participation has been essential in guiding the design of the future library 📚 As a continuation of this engagement effort, our partners Friar & HBM Architects will be sharing out a public survey in the next several weeks to garner additional feedback from the community.

    In the meantime, we encourage you to check out this project page and explore the "Share Your Ideas" tab to learn more about this project and share your thoughts directly with the team!

Page last updated: 08 Mar 2024, 07:38 PM