Building Project


  • May 4, 2016: Several questions about the new library have come up recently and we have created a Frequently Asked Questions sheet about the new library construction.  You can download the pamphlet here!

  • March 22, 2016: Soil Borings…the machine in the picture is performing a soil boring. They went down approximately 20 feet and removed several samples of soil along the way in order to determine the types of soils present. They did three different borings: front, driveway side and rear. This information is then used by the engineers in order to properly design the structural system of the building. 

  • March 21, 2016: After months of working to create a schematic design of the new library, the Library Building Committee along with Daedalus and Oudens Ello, presents the design at the Selectmen’s Meeting.  The presentation can be found on our home page.

  • March 8, 2016:  After approval from the Board of Selectmen, the Library Building Committee votes to have the Library use the Town Hall auditorium as the temporary location of the library during construction. 

  • October 20, 2015: The Library Building Committee awards Oudens Ello Architecture, Boston, Massachusetts, with the Architectural Services Contract of the Library Construction Project.

  • August 4, 2015: The Building Committee awards Daedalus Projects, Boston, Massachusetts, with the Project Management Services Contract of the Library Construction Project.

  • April 4, 2015: The Library Building Committee officially begins.

  • December 8, 2014: The Town approved article 15 of the Special Town Warrant “To see if the Town will vote to form a Chester C. Corbin Public LibraryPlanning and Building Committee, composed of seven (7) members appointed by the Board of Selectmen including one (1) member of the Board of Selectmen, one (1)Library Trustee, the Town Administrator, the Library Director, one (1) School representative selected by the School Committee, two (2) citizens at large appointed bythe Board of Selectmen at the Library Trustees’ request; and the Town Accountant as an ex-officio non-voting member; authorized and directed to oversee to completion of the renovation and expansion of the Chester C. Corbin Public Library, including overseeing the payment of all charges incurred by the Town in the course of the project; or take any action thereon.”

Evolution of the Public Library

  • July 30, 1889: First town operated free public library opens to the public.

  • 1918: Augusta Corbin bequeaths a large sum of money for the purpose of a library.

  • July 30, 1921: The Chester C. Corbin public library formally opens to the public.

  • May 11, 2009: Town vote is passed to apply for and accept federal and/or state grants for a construction project.

  • September 28, 2010: Massachusetts Historical Commission accepts, with compromise, the… proposed demolition of the library due to a lack of reasonable and economical alternatives.

  • August 5, 2014: Awarded a Provisional Construction Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), approximately 50% of the total project cost.

  • August 5, 2014: For the first time in history, through a capital bond bill supported by former State Senator Richard T. Moore, an additional 25% is added to the grant from the MBLC. 

  • December 8, 2014: The town of Webster approves a special town meeting warrant to “appropriate for the construction of the new library.  

  • January 26, 2015: The residents of Webster approve the ballot question during a special town election to “exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to construct, renovate, and expand the Chester C. Corbin Public Library.”

Why Webster Deserves a New Library

Although we recognize the beauty of the original building, it has remained virtually unchanged since its opening in 1921.  An assessment of the building by the Massachusetts Historical Commision deemed the current building too structurally damaged to be salvaged.  Some of the many deficiencies revealed during the assessment include:  an outdated electrical system, severe physical deterioration, plumbing problems, insufficient lighting, inaccessibility, an unsafe front entrance, and a lack of space.

The new library building would include a community space that can be used while the library is closed, a new teen center, and double the square footage in order to increase collections, the number of computers, and more space for programming.

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