Past, Present, Future

Historic Shelburne

The Shelburne Library and Town Center have a interesting past:

  • The first library for the Town of Shelburne in 1888 was housed in the post office with approximately 100 books
  • In 1911, a more established library was housed in the Greek Revival building on the Village Green (now Jamie Two Coats),
  • A 1922 bequest by James S. Pierson made an expansion of the library possible
  • In 1927, Mrs. J. Watson Webb gave the Town of Shelburne the town hall (now the Historic Town Hall) in memory of her father, Henry Havemeyer
  • In 2001 the library relocated to its current location (the former Town offices and Police Department) as part of the Shelburne Village Center Project

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SHELBURNE'S PIERSON LIBRARY

Present Day Shelburne

  • 60,000 annual library visitors (2016)
  • 3562 resident library cardholders (2016)
  • Library Services include:  programs for children, downloadable audiobooks and ebooks, interlibrary loan, research help, programs for adults, and museum passes
  • Library building problems include: water infiltration, damage, and associated dampness; inadequate stack space; lacking ADA accommodations; undersized, and confined spaces.
  • Historic Town Hall has a solid structure with historic significance, but has some problems:  poor lighting and acoustics; water infiltration into basement, roof, and damage to ceiling; deferred maintenance; and lacking energy efficiency.

Shelburne in the Future 

  • On November 7th, 2017, the citizens of Shelburne voted to approve a $6.5 million dollar bond to replace the library, to renovate the historic Town Hall and to improve the municipal campus.
  • The new library, renovations to the Town Hall, and municipal campus improvements will make Shelburne a better place for generations to come.  Much hard work still lays ahead and we look forward to the entire community's continued involvement.
  • As stewards of our rich cultural heritage, we are launching a community-wide effort to realize our collective vision for Shelburne’s future and to fulfill the promise of the Shelburne Comprehensive Plan.
  • Project Goals: build a 21st century library; conserve and protect the historic Town Hall; strengthen the commercial, civic, and social center of Shelburne Village.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY AND TOWN CENTER PROJECT.

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