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LETTER: ‘The Proposed New Library Building And What It Offers’, March 4, Wayland Patch
Tom Sciacca on Wayland’s New Library Being a Model of Energy Efficiency, Feb 22, Wayland Town Crier
What The Proposed New Library Offers, Feb 19, Wayland eNews
Voters to Weigh In on New Wayland Library, Feb 13, MetroWest Daily News
Letter: Need For New Library Is Well Understood After Many Studies, Feb 9, Town Crier
Forum on Wayland library design set for Feb. 7, Jan 29, MetroWest Daily News
Letter: Supporting New Library, Jan 22, Town Crier
Letter: New Library Will Benefit Future Generations, Jan 22, Town Crier

Tom Sciacca on Wayland’s New Library Being a Model of Energy Efficiency

February 22, Wayland Town Crier


“…It can be safely assumed that, well within the lifetime of this building, its operating costs will be negative – that is, it will make money for the town rather than cost money for utilities.”

“Town officials are united in their support for making the new library as energy efficient and energy self-sufficient as economics will reasonably allow…”

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Voters to Weigh In on New Wayland Library

February 13, MetroWest Daily News

WAYLAND – Voters will be able to weigh in next month on a proposal to build a new library by the middle school.

On Monday, selectmen approved putting several Proposition 2 1/ 2 debt exclusion questions, which temporarily raise property taxes, before voters. The board decided to put three questions on the March 27 ballot – one for the library, one for field and recreation projects and one for work on the Town Building and Fire Station 2, said selectmen Chairwoman Lea Anderson.

The town historically has not grouped a major capital project such as the library with other projects, Anderson said.

“We just feel these projects need to stand on their own,” she said.

The projects also require approval at Town Meeting, which will also take up a portion of Town Building work not covered by a debt exclusion and other capital spending.


Library officials hope to build a two-story, approximately 33,000-square-foot library at 195 Main St. The building is near the middle school and in a more populated area of town where people can walk to it.

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Letter: Need For New Library Is Well Understood After Many Studies

February 9, Wayland Town Crier News


Since 2001, the Board of Library Trustees has deliberated how best to deliver library services to the residents of Wayland. Professional architects and engineers have conducted exhaustive studies of both the land and building at 5 Concord Road.

Multiple times, Wayland’s citizens have voted to fund, and paid for, in-depth research concerning the existing physical conditions of the land and the building’s ability to provide top-notch library services.

Wayland’s priority on education, culture, and social interaction of knowledgeable citizens is held in high regard by the Library Trustees.

The Library Trustees have overseen two extensive voter-supported studies. First, the 2003-05 Library Feasibility Study ($40,000) by Lerner | Ladds + Bartels (L|L+B) examined 5 Concord Road expansion possibilities.

Second, voters funded the 2015 Library Planning & Design Study ($150,000) overseen by the town’s Permanent Municipal Building Committee (PMBC) (a volunteer five-member group of construction and real estate professionals) and the 18-member Library Planning Committee (LPC).

The Library Planning & Design Study completed the grant application to the Massachusetts Public Library Building Program that resulted in a $10.1 million grant to Wayland for the construction of a new library at 195 Main St.

Each study was built on input from community focus groups, surveys, public forums, and library and building professionals with the intent to provide 21st-century library services at 5 Concord Road. These studies included discussions of lesser-sized options. The constraints of the site, environmental requirements, and the zoning bylaw hinder any changes to the building’s dimensions, large or small, at 5 Concord Road.

The site restrictions and building deficiencies are complex. New studies will not change the existing conditions of the land or of the building.

Below is a partial list of Wayland Free Public Library Studies:

1. Library Planning & Design Study 2015 (current) – Tappe Architects, Design Techniques OPM; PMBC and LPC oversight.

2. Library Feasibility Study Final Report 2005 – Lerner | Ladds + Bartels; reported to town on April 28, 2005.

3. Library Building Program, December 2014 – Tom Jewell, library consultant; 2003, Louise Brown; L|L+B updated in 2004; Tappé Architects updated 2010 for Council on Aging joint project study.

4. Joint Senior Center/Library Feasibility Studies at Town Center Municipal Pad – GMI Architects, December 2010; Kang Associates, June 2012.

5. Comprehensive Building/Program Audit for Town of Wayland, May 10, 2013 – Drummey Rosane Anderson Inc.

6. Library Planning Committee, 2001-02; Final Report, April 12, 2002.

7. Long Range Plan 2018-20 – Chuck Flaherty, library consultant; Long Range Plan 2013-17 – Sandra Vandermark, library consultant.

These reports and other documentation can be found at More information on the new building project can be found on

– Sally Cartwright, Wayland Board of Library Trustees
Note: Sally Cartwright was chairwoman of the 2003-05 Library Feasibility Study.

Forum on Wayland library design set for Feb. 7

January 29, MetroWest Daily News

WAYLAND – People can review a revised proposal for a new Wayland Free Public Library building at a forum next month.

The Library Planning Committee will hold the forum at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Large Hearing Room at the Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road.

“Learn about LEED certification and the new opportunities this building will create for programs, meetings, learning, explorations and connections,” a press release says.

Members of the architectural team and the Board of Library Trustees, will be available to answer questions.

The forum will be the first of at least three leading up to April’s Annual Town Meeting, where residents will take up funding for the project.

Library officials hope to build the new library at 195 Main St. The library is currently at 5 Concord Road. A $10 million state grant is slated to cover about 40 percent of the cost for a new library.

Letter: Supporting New Library, 1/22 Wayland Town Crier

January 22, Wayland Town Crier


We are writing in support of the project to build a new library at 195 Main St., next to Wayland Middle School. We’ve heard some Wayland residents explain why the library should not move and we respectfully disagree.

Our home is close to the current building, just a quick walk down the in-progress rail trail. You’d think if anyone should oppose moving the library from its present location, it should be us. We’re also big fans of historic architecture (Maureen has worked her entire career in historic preservation). And our family are enthusiastic library users – we visit at least twice weekly to peruse the stacks for books and movies.

Dissenters say the library staff is always friendly, helpful and happy, the current library is fine for their needs and that they love the building. The staff being helpful and professional says much more about the amazing librarians Wayland has been able to attract than it does about their work conditions. Just ask for a “behind the scenes” tour to fully appreciate their cramped, inadequate workspaces.

The current library building is a treasure to be preserved. It is architecturally significant, has a deep history in Wayland and should be thoughtfully retained and reused. All Wayland residents will be encouraged to participate and consider future uses to keep this building vibrant with another public purpose.

The current library building may meet the needs of some residents, but it is woefully inadequate to provide library services to many in town. Other articles and letters have mentioned the inadequate space for teens/young adults; the children’s space is insufficient; there is one small and poorly ventilated meeting room; no meeting rooms for quiet study/group study/collaborative work; and the list goes on. Our current library building has altogether insufficient facilities for people, collections, circulation, programming and technology.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners awarded Wayland a $10.1 million state-funded grant in summer 2017, the third highest grant of only nine awards. Thirty-three cities and towns applied for these funds with a rigorous and competitive grant process. Wayland was not just fortunate to be a recipient – this award validates the opinion that Wayland needs better facilities to deliver adequate library services.

When the Library Planning and Design Study began in 2015, the Library Planning Committee’s initial reaction was that there was no way it could support a new library. But after reviewing the extensive research and data compiled during the study, the committee fully supports a new library for Wayland.

We encourage you to review the Wayland Free Public Library website, and to join the project’s “Wayland’s Library Moving Forward” Facebook page for up-to-date information. Please join us at annual Town Meeting to support this effort to address our library needs now and well into the 21st century.

– Maureen Cavanaugh and Mark Hunt, Plain Road

Note: Maureen Cavanaugh is a member of the Library Planning Committee.

Letter: New library will benefit future generations

January 22, Wayland Town Crier


When our children were little, we made weekly pilgrimages to the Wayland Free Public Library, to load our big canvas bag with books, tapes and interesting videos to watch. We went to countless programs for children and adults throughout the year. The library has always been a vital resource in shaping our children, and we want this to continue for generations to come, but we have observed that our Wayland Library has been bursting at the seams for some time now.

Our beautiful library is now in need of expansion beyond what the current building can provide, including parking. The programming at the library takes advantage of the space available, but it is so limited, and it has been evident for some time now, that the town needs to step up and provide space for our whole community. The only room where most of the programs happen is the Raytheon Room, next to the children’s library and downstairs. Space in the main area of the library is open, and cannot be separated for teens or those who wish an entirely quiet place to study, read, tutor, research, etc.

Cost is the big obstacle and concern. The grant the library has already received is over $10 million. In order for everything to fall into place and move forward, the town has to vote in favor of the construction. If we can’t pass this hurdle, we may not get the opportunity to obtain a grant again.

So much is at stake for our community, and Wayland has always emphasized excellence in education and supporting our schools. When we support the library, we are expressing our commitment of the town to lifelong learning and providing continuing high quality resources for young and old alike.

The benefits and rewards of having a more current library here in town speaks volumes to our future generations. The former Department of Public Works site is in a convenient location for residents, with the added bonus of being next to Wayland Middle School. The heart of the library is what it contains, and the people inside. As beautiful and historic as our current library is, the resources within are the heart of Wayland Library. The current library building will find new life serving a different purpose that would better fit into the space.

Please become involved in the process. Check out and click on the New Building & Planning link. It provides a great deal of information.

– Kim Robb, Maiden Lane