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Library Renovation Project

The Library/Annex renovation project will transform Keene Public Library into a model library for the twenty-first century: a center of learning, creativity, collaboration, and community.  During the project the Annex will be renovated, some improvements to the existing library building will be made, and a connector will be built to join the two buildings.


  • Construction Updates

    The main lobby is just about completed; work continues on the connector; and the new water fountain has been installed!


  • Book Donations

    The Friends have temporarily stopped accepting donations.  The book donation bins will be closed until the new space is available for collecting, sorting, and storing donated items.  We appreciate your ongoing support of the Friends book sale, which provides funding for library expenses that are not covered by the city (like our very popular museum passes) but please hold onto your donations until further notice!  More information about the Friends of the Keene Public Library book sale.

  • Parking Information and the Book Drop

    The parking spots between the Library and the Annex and on the West side of the Annex are not available. The library entrance and the book drop will remain open and accessible, although the book drop will not always have drive-up access.  Parking on Winter St. will remain the same. 

    New parking rates go into effect January 2, 2019. Details:
    If you park in the Gilbo St. lot & walk across West St. to the library, you'll save a lot of money! And soon there will be a West St. entrance to the library!

    Download the parking map.

    Parking Map


  • West St. Landscaping

    Keene Public Library, West St. Landscaping—October 3, 2018

    During the planning and into the construction of the Library expansion, assessments were made of the library landscaping, with focus particularly on the trees lining West St. (Please see attached photos).

    After careful evaluation by Bartlett Tree Experts, it was determined that the two sugar maples are in poor condition and should be removed. The declining conditions had been noted in previous reviews, and the trees were being watched. The westernmost sugar maple has visible rotten limbs and much earlier than normal change of foliage. The distress of the sugar maple to the east is shown by its exposed roots and dead interior limbs. Both trees are further impacted by the construction of sidewalks and ADA accessible pathways. 

    Given their condition, the trees pose safety risks in an area that will see increased public usage with the opening of the West St. entrance and will be removed. Local woodworkers, who have examined the trees, will use some of the sound portions to create pieces turned on a lathe. Two new trees will be planted to grow in their place and will be selected to provide interest, variety of species and to offer fall colors and foliage for many years to come.

    Three additional trees line West St: a Norway maple, a linden and a silver maple. The Norway maple and the linden will need some special handling during the time of construction of the paths leading to the entrance. The City will monitor and nurture them using best management practices with the assistance of Bartlett Tree arborists. The company has already cabled together the linden’s two trunks to stabilize it. Proper care and cuts during construction should ensure the health of the Norway maple.

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