As a result of a Feasibility/Design study, the Library Building Committee and the Town of Dudley embarked on a plan for a new and enlarged library in order to meet and satisfy the community’s ever evolving needs. As is the case at most public libraries, the Dudley Public Library was busier than ever. While technology has changed the ways in which patrons use the library (it has become a vital “computer link”), the Library’s traditional role as a vital community center had become even more important.
The project was considered by the State to be “Adaptive Re-Use”, located at the site of the old Town Hall and tripled the library’s size to 17,860 square feet. The new facility includes state-of-the-art book detection system and inventory system which allows users to check books out through self-serve kiosks.
The Library is a one level, handicapped accessible facility which, in addition to providing significantly more space, provides patrons with ample parking. The new Library serves to accommodate increased usage and growing collections and also increases public space to allow for a new children’s area, a magazine/newspaper area, a study and gathering space for teens, private study rooms, and a large meeting room to be used for library, public and civic functions. The new library received LEED Silver Certification.
Colliers served as owner’s project manager and provided comprehensive project management and building commissioning services for the New Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library.