The following was submitted by Tom Viti, the Director of the Westwood Public Library:
The Westwood Main Library will soon close for several weeks to prepare for the move into its new building. The last day for the public to use the forty-three year old facility is Thursday, October 18. The new main library, located next to the current building, is scheduled to open sometime in January.
Library Director Tom Viti said the move should be completed by early November. “We are working with an experienced library moving company and are confident they will do an excellent job,“ Viti said. Biblio Tech of Connecticut will move an estimated 80,000 books along with files, computers, and some art work.
The Islington Branch Library will be open six days a week to provide services during the interim period. Library patrons who have requested books or other materials may pick them up at the Branch or other libraries in the Minuteman Library Network.
The complete schedule is available at the Library website, www.westwoodlibrary.org along with information on other library services. People may return library materials at either the Branch or at a drop-off bin on High Street, in front of the current library.
Following the move, the old library will be cleaned of hazardous materials and then demolished. In December the Colburn School will be moved to the old library site and renovations will begin on the 1876 building.
The new main library won Town approval in 2010. The 32,000 square foot library project is financed by the Town, private donations, and a $4 million grant from the Mass Board of Library Commissioners.