Coolidge Corner Branch Library Building Project (CCBP)

The objective of this web page is to keep the community informed and involved in the progress of the CCBP.

Thanks to everyone who took our survey - we value your input! Even though the survey is now closed, we still want to hear from Coolidge Corner Branch Library users. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your thoughts; the email will be checked regularly, but time will not allow responses to all emails. A location at the Coolidge Corner Library has also been established to collect information from library users.

View Library Director Sara Slymon's presentation on what's happening now in libraries.

Read this interesting piece about NYC's branch libraries.

View images from the CCBP Focus Group held February 5, 2015


The Coolidge Corner Branch Library is located in the heart of Coolidge Corner. It has long been the busiest branch library in the state. Due to the heavy usage and age of the building, it can no longer fully meet the needs of the community it serves. Over the last couple of years, the Children’s Room has been slightly expanded and updated and new bathrooms were created from an underutilized custodial closet. The meeting room is heavily used but not fully handicap accessible.

As the Trustees and Library Director began investigating the current and future needs of CCBL, a decision was made to research the possibility of an overhaul to the branch. In November 2014, Town Meeting voted $50,000 to fund further investigation for CCBL improvements. In June 2014 Sara Slymon was hired as the new Library Director for Brookline. Sara brings a wealth of experience in construction projects from her tenure at the Boston Public Library, and the Turner Free Library. The Trustees formed the CCBP Committee to work with Sara in moving this important and much needed initiative forward.

The Trustee Committee:

  • Chair: Karen Livingston
  • Committee Members:
  • Michael Burstein – Chairman of the Board, Library Trustees
  • Linda Carlisle – President, Brookline Library Foundation
  • Jennifer Rees – Library Trustee

Building Program

The Library Foundation has funded a consultant to write a CCBP. A Building Program is a carefully prepared document used to communicate details about the library and its space requirements to future architects, engineers and builders. The building program is rooted in the library’s long-range plan. It is based on the community’s twenty year projected population and its demography, social trends, and economic factors. It analyzes the current library building conditions and provides information about space requirements that must be met effectively in the facility’s design in order to deliver the level of library and information services outlined in the long-range plan for two decades into the future.

Ruth Kowal – Building Program Consultant

Consultant Ruth E. Kowal has been involved with libraries since she first worked during high school as a shelving page at the Jones Library in Amherst, MA. Her 40 year career has focused primarily on senior level administration of public libraries and library systems in Massachusetts and in New York State. Ms Kowal retired in 2011 after working 20 years for the Boston Public Library (BPL). During her tenure at the BPL she served as the Director of Operations, Deputy Director, the Acting Library President, and as the Director of Administration and Finance. In 2008 Ms Kowal was inducted into the MLA (MA Library Association) Hall of Fame for her contributions to the library profession in the Commonwealth. Since 2012 Ms Kowal has been providing strategic planning and assessment consulting services to libraries. She attended Syracuse University for undergrad and Simmons College for Graduate School.

What’s next?

Stay tuned to this webpage; share your ideas on the CCBL easel, community survey, and community response email.