Somerville, MA – Elected officials and CTA Construction staff were joined by members of the Somerville community recently to break ground on a number of renovations and improvements to the 100-year-old West Branch Library. The historic building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is classified as a Carnegie Library.
During the renovation, CTA Construction will manage the modernization and updating of the storied building, allowing for better access as well as enhanced operations and programming.
Among the new additions are new multipurpose and flex spaces to host library-sponsored programs, public meetings and other events. The renovation design also includes designated quiet reading and study areas, and an indoor/outdoor book drop.
Beyond enhanced visitor spaces and public meeting rooms, the renovated West Branch Library will see modernizing overhauls to its mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and computer networking systems, as well as a new elevator.
On the exterior of the site, improved landscaping will create ample green and open space. A new accessible entryway will also provide easier and more convenient access.
These updates will allow the West Branch Library to increase programming opportunities for individuals of all ages and create a more visitor-friendly space.