Renovation News

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“What is more important in a library than anything else—than everything else—is the fact that it exists.” Archibald MacLeish

The Town of Marblehead faces critical infrastructure needs at the Abbot Library. The library was last updated in 1989, and we are at a juncture which requires upgrades and improvements of systems that are 30 years old. Short term fixes are no longer adequate to sustain our facility. With major upgrades and replacements of the HVAC, fire alarm and protection, ADA access/stairs, electrical and elevator, the library will continue to be an asset and not a liability to the town.

Construction at 235 Pleasant Street will begin in December 2022 with a projected completion in Spring 2024.

The Building and Renovation Committee meets regularly with the architects and the project management team to discuss the progress of the project. Meetings are posted on the Town of Marblehead website.

Updates on the project will be posted periodically on this page.

Building and Renovation Committee Members

Gary Amberik, Chair

Nancy Arata

Kathy Bradford

Ken Fisher

Kimberly Grad, Library Director

John Williams


Johnson Roberts Associates 

Stew Roberts, Principal

Michael Bellefeuille, Project Manager

Carey Babyak, Job Captain

Project Management Team

CHA Consulting 

Tom Gatzunis, Project Director

Alicia Monks, Project Manager

Jake Zelikman, Assistant Project Manager

Rob St. Laurent, Onsite Representative

Thank you to the Abbot Public Library Foundation!

Thank you to the Abbot Public Library Foundation!

Members of the Abbot Public Library Board of Trustees, the Abbot Public Library Foundation and the Town of Marblehead Select Board with Town Administrator Thatcher Kezer, Representative Jenny Armini and Library Director Kimberly Grad. Photo credit: Spenser Hasak...

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