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

John Williams

Ken Fisher

Kimberly Grad, Library Director


Johnson Roberts Associates 

Stew Roberts, Principal

Michael Bellefeuille, Project Manager

Carey Babyak, Job Captain

Project Management Team

CHA Consulting 

Tom Gatzunis, Project Director

Laura Jolly, Project Manager

Kayla Gallo, Assistant Project Manager

Moving To The Interim Space – FAQs

Moving To The Interim Space – FAQs

In preparation for the move to the Eveleth School at 3 Brook Road, Marblehead, MA, Abbot Public Library will close at 5 pm on Saturday, September 10, 2022. This will be our temporary space during the renovation of our current building.    According to Gary...

Interim Space Location Chosen

Interim Space Location Chosen

The Eveleth School at 3 Brook Road in Marblehead has been chosen as the site for Abbot Public Library’s Interim Space. The library will relocate its contents and services to this site in early Fall 2022. Repurposing the classrooms and gym space at the school, the...