The Brookfield Library Board of Trustees will host a Public Information Session at 7 pm at the Brookfield High School auditorium, along with their consultants from Doyle Coffin Architecture, LLC of Ridgefield. The information session will provide a project overview and history along with a visual presentation about the proposed new library design and site. The project is estimated to cost $14.7 million.
There will be opportunity for public comment and questions.
Library officials say the existing facility is too small to accommodate new services, and no longer meets the needs of the community. They want to provide dedicated space for children and teens, quiet study space, expanded meeting space, improved accessibility for handicapped patrons, enhanced technology access, and ample parking.
More than half of all Brookfield residents have a library card. Approximately 100,000 people visit the library each year.
Brookfield received approval for a $1 million state grant to offset the costs of the new library, but the grant approval expires in March. A Referendum could be held in early 2018 about the proposed 35,000-square foot project at Brookfield's Municipal Town Hall campus.