Project Plan

The new Barrington Public Library and Community Center will be a modest 13,120 square feet − practical, maximally economical to operate, and able to respond to community needs for decades to come. It will be constructed on Town-owned land on Ramsdell Lane a few hundred yards from the current building with room on the property for other possible development in the future. There will be attractive landscaping, a covered porch, patio, and expanded parking.

The single-story building will provide barrier-free accessibility throughout and ample space for artwork and displays. The flexible, open-concept layout also has been designed to permit re-configuration as citizens’ needs may change in the future, and with open sight lines to allow a small staff to easily observe activity.  The new Library also will feature state-of-the-art technology including computer stations, laptops for in-house use, additional charging stations for cell phones and other devices, and WiFi capability extending to the patio, parking lot and playground.

Aerial view of library and surrounding buildings on Ramsdell Lane
  • Community Program Room with seating for 100 people and dividable into two spaces. Available to local groups, featuring a separate entrance, kitchen and restrooms
  • Barrington Conference Room
  • Children’s Corner separate from Adult Wing with family-centered areas
  • Adult Wing with ample natural light and comfortable seating
  • Dedicated Juvenile Zone and Young Adult Space
  • Quiet Study Room for small meetings, tutoring, or business activities
  • Craft Room/Maker Space for a wide range of hands-on learning and creative experiences for children and adults
  • Large Circulation Desk, Media Area, public computers, WiFi and laptops to borrow
  • Social Areas – groupings of easy chairs, covered porch, patio, and self-serve cafe
  • Expanded staff areas, restrooms, custodial room
  • Increased parking