An anonymous donor has donated $3 million toward Hyannis Public Library’s renovation project. This is the largest gift received by the Library in its 100-plus-year history.
The last renovation was completed in 1974 when the Library added an over 8,000-square-foot wing onto the existing historic buildings. This wing has deteriorated to the point of no return and will be removed to allow for a new, fully accessible and flexible wing that will become the heart of the library.
The new wing will honor the Cape Cod aesthetic while providing modern, innovative library space—and a combination of traditional and contemporary programming and services—on the inside.
The project is expected to cost $8 million and take three years to complete.
“We are beyond grateful for this very generous gift and the vote of confidence it gives about the value of Hyannis Public Library to our diverse population,” said Antonia Stephens, Library Director. “Our supportive community is the reason we have continued to serve Greater Hyannis for more than 100 years. The library has grown and changed over the past century and now is the perfect time for us to once again ensure that everyone has a safe place to read, gather, learn and grow. Libraries are even more vibrant and alive today than they were when Ora Hinckley became our first librarian in 1909.“
Hyannis Public Library Board President Amanda Converse said, “This is an extraordinary gift that will benefit our entire community and will help bolster the continued revitalization of Hyannis Main Street. We couldn’t be more grateful for this tremendous donation.”
Hyannis Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends on donations to operate and grow. For more information on the Campaign for Hyannis Public Library, contact Antonia Stephens at 508-775-2280, or visit the library website at hyannislibrary.org/newedition.