Jones Library Building Project

We have submitted our 2016-2017 MBLC Construction Grant Round Application (PDF)! See also: our updated Space Needs Table (PDF), Key Milestones (PDF), and our application designs & renderings (below).

Many thanks to the Amherst Historical Society (PDF letter), the Friends of the Library (PDF letter), and Burnett Gallery Committee (PDF letter) for their support of our project.

Grant Application Designs

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Thank you for your interest in our building project.

We hope to improve the safety, efficiency, and user-friendliness of the Jones Library, while also restoring our original 1928 building and honoring our past. We invite you to help us brainstorm the future of our library!

To learn more about this project, follow the links below:

State Grants & Timelines

In January 2014, the Jones Library applied to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) for a Planning & Design Grant — the first step toward a building renovation and expansion project. In June 2014, the MBLC awarded Amherst a $50,000 grant.

We hired Finegold Alexander Architects to deliver a completed set of schematic drawings — as well as a cost estimate — for a renovated and expanded library building by October 2016. We submitted an application for an MBLC Construction Grant in January 2017. We expect to learn whether or not we've received the grant in July 2017.

See a more detailed Project Timeline (PDF). See Key Milestones for our Building Project (PDF).

Designs & Related Documents
For more information, see also: Board of Trustees Meeting Agendas & Minutes (in particular: Buildings & Facilities Committee, Feasibility Committee, and Design Subcommittee).

In the News

Video of Design Subcommittee Meeting (July 19, 2016)

Video of Building Forum (June 28, 2016)

Video of Building Forum (May 10, 2016)


Draft Designs

Our architects have created initial design drafts. These are by no means final drawings! Click the diagrams below to open up a larger PDF version of these designs. Additional information can be found in the Jones Library Building Program (Revised July 12, 2016) (PDF).

Update: These initial designs have been revised. Please see the most recent presentations by Finegold Alexander Architects (under Related Documents), which include updated designs.

Massing Models

To help people visualize the project, our architects have created two "massing models." These are by no means final drawings! These illustrations show the relationship of the building on its surroundings. (Click the diagrams below to open up a larger PDF version of these models.)

  • Option one shows no re-zoning, and no sale of land. Thus the Library would expand onto its property only.
  • Option two shows successful re-zoning, and a Library expansion closer to the Strong House, making collaborations easier, such as the sharing of artifacts and documents.
  • The third drawing shows the elevations. Whether we expand onto only our property, or use a small portion of the Historical Society’s property, we plan to go no higher than three stories.
Update: These models are outdated. The Library is planning to expand onto its property only.