HARVARD — The town was awarded $192,000 by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund to renovate and make accessible the Hapgood Library (also known as the Old Library).
The Old Library, located at 7 Fairbanks St. in the center of town, is currently leased by the Harvard Cultural Collaborative. The Collaborative uses the library as a community center and cultural exhibit space.
“I’m very happy that the town of Harvard has received this grant to upgrade the Old Library,” state Sen. Jamie Eldridge said. “The library is an important community space that serves as a center of learning, including educating Harvard residents about the town’s unique history, cultural contributions, and people. I was pleased to advocate for this state funding for the Hapgood Library, which I have fond memories of visiting earlier on in my legislative career.”
Built in the late 19th Century, the building is a cultural treasure of historic value. The funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Facility Fund will allow for the construction of a single wheelchair-accessible front entrance, so that all Harvard residents will be able to participate in the artistic displays and activities offered by the Harvard Cultural Collaborative.
“I’m thrilled that the Old Library will soon be accessible to everyone,” said Willie Wickman, Treasurer for the Harvard Cultural Collaborative. “Thank you to Sen. Eldridge and Rep. (Jennifer) Benson for your advocacy and support in helping us secure this funding.”
“I was happy to support the Harvard Cultural Collaborative’s mission to improve the accessibility of the Old Library,” said state Rep. Jennifer Benson. “They’ve done so much to support the arts and culture in the region, and I’m excited that once the renovations are complete, even more people will have access to their programs.”