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449 Pomfret St., Pomfret CT 06258

Buildng Project Update – December 2023

Pomfret Public Library has been awarded a new CT State  Public Library Construction Grant of $1,011,292, which covers 50% of the current anticipated cost of the new addition. If all goes according to plan, we should be able to put the project out to bid in the spring.

The Pomfret Public Library Board of Trustees and Building Committee made the reluctant but necessary decision to forfeit our 2018 grant, reapply for a 2023 Public Library Construction Grant with a revised cost estimate, and raise additional matching funds as needed. This delay in construction was disappointing, but we are confident that we will be able to bring our building plans to fruition in 2024/2025.

We are very grateful for the widespread support for this project and look forward to increasing our library services to the community in the near future.

Public libraries now provide services, resources and technology that didn’t exist when Pomfret Public Library was built! Lending books is still our stock-in-trade, but there is a new emphasis on group learning experiences, creativity, and community events that necessitates meeting room spaces, technology, equipment and furnishings.

The planned addition to Pomfret Public Library includes about 2000 sq. ft of meeting room space for groups of 8 to 60 people.  This space will be available for programs and events sponsored by the library and by other community organizations.

Improvements include:

Lounge & café: space to relax or have a quiet conversation
Conference Room & Archives: business & board meetings, research the archives of the Pomfret Historical Society
Great Room: meetings, concerts, classes, movies, lectures, poetry, workshops…
Activity Space: a Story Time/group play/Maker Space equipped for art, crafts, games, STEAM
Restrooms: two private, accessible, unisex family restrooms
Art gallery: current and retrospective exhibits of local talent
Patio: extending the Great Room outside to the existing deck, gardens, and walking trail
Rooms available for booking after-hours: meeting space for local organizations, boards and clubs
Technology: all rooms fully equipped with computers, fiber internet, wifi, projection and sound

The Basics

  • The town was awarded a grant from the CT State Library that will cover half of the projected construction costs. 
  • The addition will be to the south side of the library. 
  • The new space is designed for group meetings and activities. The existing space will remain much the same, but with improved access to the collections.
  • We have a fund raising goal of $1,000,000.
  • We hope to begin construction in early 2024
  • details of the building project
  • how you can contribute