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Library Building Survey Results

Feedback from Southborough Library patrons

Southborough Library offered a survey in 2023 to collect feedback on the library's current building, to ensure the library meets user needs. Please see survey results below.

 - Survey results in statistics 

 - Open ended response feedback

 - Multiple choice responses 


Below see selected reviews of the library and the library building.

"The Marlborough and Natick libraries both added on to their original historic locations- so should Southborough!!!!"

"I love the library & staff. It works great for me but I support what the staff thinks is needed."

"Love the current building but it does fill up very quickly, needs more breathing room."

"I love our town library, I would love to see it expand."

"I love the library and wish it had more of the more than books, like other libraries. I also wish there were more information services (taxes, bureaucracy, insurance, legal advice, ESL, etc)."

"I love our library and would support any of their needs. We are truly blessed to have this gem in our community and I use it weekly."

"It’s a beautiful space but very small. Would love to see ideas for the future."

"I love going to the library because of the relationships I have with the librarians. I would listen carefully to their input as they know the community and its needs."

"I’m a library supporter. My kids and I support every effort there is to expand and make this library a state of the art resource to the community...Please continue to make the library a hub for the town to build knowledge, skills, and a sense a community."

Grant Timeline

Standard Grant Timeline

Date Event
February 2, 2023 Grant round announced
February 28, 2023 Amplifund training for Letter of Intent submission
April 28, 2023 Letter of Intent due by 4:00 pm Eastern
May 2023 Mandatory application workshops
June 7, 2023 Amplifund training for application
May 31, 2024 Application due by 4:00 pm Eastern (must have submitted a Letter of Intent to qualify)
June 16, 2024 Certified votes of local approvals and appropriations for application and Planning & Design phase local funding due by 4:00 pm Eastern
June-August 2024 Independent review of applications and reviewer site visits to applicant libraries
September 2024 Grant recipients recommended to MBLC Director
October 2024 Commissioners vote to approve immediately funded and waitlisted grant recipients; MBLC contracts executed with grant recipients
October 2024 - December 2025 Planning & Design for Standard Grant recipients
December 2025 - January 2026 Independent review of MPLCP Level of Design
February 2026 Estimates based on MPLCP Level of Design; Construction phase grant awards calculated
March 2026 Commissioners vote to approve Construction phase grant awards
March - June 2026 Certified votes for local approvals and appropriations for Construction phase local funding
June 2026 - June 2027 Design work from completion of schematic design through construction documents
July 2027 Bidding
August 2027 Construction contracts for projects (usually 16 to 24 months)