Building Project

The Fitchburg Public Library’s mission is to provide materials and exceptional service to all people in their quest for information, recreation, research, and life-long learning. Much like the City of Fitchburg itself, the Library has welcomed new arrivals for generations. 

The Fitchburg Public Library strives to fulfill this mission by strengthening the Fitchburg community through three areas of impact:

1. Cultural Development: Empowering people to reach their full potential.

2. Safe Haven: Embrace our role as a safe haven for people of all walks of life.

3. Social Infrastructure: Foster human connection and access to information.

Birdseye Rendering of Renovated & Expanded FPL

Birdseye Rendering of Renovated & Expanded FPL

To strengthen the Fitchburg community, this building project will encompass two major changes: 

1. We will renovate the existing Wallace Library, preserving its structural integrity and creating an interior space that more efficiently, effectively, and safely serves the community.

2. We will create an entirely new children's library and learning center to replace the existing Youth Library. 

Both elements of this project will not only improve the facility, but also empower the Library to continue serving as a key community resource to enable the opportunity to work, learn, and expand personal horizons.

Funding sources


$12,449,949 Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Library Construction Program Grant 
$12,000,000 City of Fitchburg American Rescue Plan Act Funding
$12,000,000 City of Fitchburg Funding
$3,500,000 The OWL Capital Campaign 

Total Project Cost: $40 million

We are thankful to Mayor Stephen DiNatale, the Fitchburg City Council, the Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority, the Board of Library Trustees, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), the Library Building Committee, and The OWL Capital Campaign volunteers for all their respective efforts to move this project forward.


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