Fanwood Library Improvement Project

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Update April 2020 – A Big Step Forward in the Time of Corona

In this time of national crisis we want to send our support, and hopes
for good health and safety to all of our families, residents and library users.
We can’t wait to see you all again face-to-face.

For now though, despite us sheltering in place, we were able to submit out grant application on March 30, 2020 for $3.5M of matching funds from the Construction Bond Act, which will cover half the cost of our amazing new library.

This is a major step forward on a very long road for our library rejuvenation project, and would not have been possible without the support of the Fanwood Borough Council and the Library Board of Trustees (current and past), and the input and hard work of library staff, Friends, and many others. A very special thanks is due to Ian Eichen, of Millennium Strategies, and our architect, John Veisz, of FVHD Architects + Planners, whose hard work, dedication and professionalism enable us to submit a very strong application.

Because of our current situation, the submission deadline has been kicked back by the state for 60 days to June 5, so of course the timeline for awards notification is likewise a bit delayed from what we expected. We are still hopeful that we will hear positive news about our funding, and be able to move ahead with this wonderful construction project. This is what is says on the State Library site: “As a result, it will not be possible, as originally anticipated, to submit a list of approved projects to the Legislature in Fiscal Year 2020. The State expects, but can make no assurances, that the list will be submitted to the Legislature in mid-September.”

Update December 2019
email sent to library project Cheerleaders and Supporters
Library Cheeerleaders

Update September 2019
Fanwood Memorial Library to Apply for NJ Construction Grant This fall, the Fanwood Memorial Library is moving forward with plans to apply for a matching grant through the NJ Library Construction Bond Act…
read the press release below:

CLICK HERE to see more preliminary images of the proposed project…

Library Project Press Release for 9-10 release – final version

Update June 2019
The State Library announced that May, 30 2019 they reached a major milestone as the DRAFT Library Construction Bond Regulations were officially received by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on a timeline appropriate for publication in the July 1 Register. July 1 then marks the beginning of a 60-day public comment period, to be followed by a 30-day response period, and then within several weeks the adoption and reposting of the final regulations and an announcement of the solicitation for proposals. The application window will allow 90 days for submission. The State Library anticipates grant applications being due early in calendar year 2020.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee who will make recommendations to the State Librarian. Once the State Librarian has finalized the slate, it will be submitted first to the University President for approval, and then to the State Legislature for their action.

The State Library commented that, “We all recognize that this is not a massive amount of money. However, because we are investing in libraries, this is a major investment in our residents and communities. These investments will reach beyond the structures themselves. They are investments in individuals, families, and businesses in our communities through supporting learning, education, economic growth and stability. These projects are intended to be of strong and lasting value to their communities.”

** The Board of Trustees, the building committee and the staff continue to work with our our architect John Veisz, of FVHD Architects & Planners, to finalize a plan that meets all of the needs and goals expressed by the public. The design opens the library to people of all ages and abilities, offers more and better community and library spaces, small and large meeting rooms, a business center, a teen room, brings the Children’s Department up to the ground level, supports current and emerging technology, and transforms the building into a sustainable community asset that Fanwoodians can take pride in, and one that will serve them now and well into the future.

The final design is close to being resolved by all of the stakeholders, and will be shared with Council and the public. We will then move forward to have all the materials required to be ready to apply for the state’s matching funds, which are critical to the project’s success, when the application window opens (see above). This one-to-one match is made available through the NJ Library Construction Bond Act that voters approved in November, 2017.

** The Board is working with a professional fund-raising consultant, the Friends of the Library and the Fanwood Community Foundation to begin planning a capital campaign seeking private, corporate and grant donations to offset the project’s cost to the public, as well as addressing more long-term development goals.


** Although the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, which will make $125 million in matching funds available for public library construction throughout the state, was approved by NJ voters on November 7, 2017, the Fanwood Memorial Library, and libraries around the state, are still waiting for the regulations to be published that will describe the application process. The window to apply will hopefully open in the spring of 2019.

The Fanwood Memorial Library will be ready to apply for Construction Bond Act funding at the earliest opportunity. Our plan will be in place for a beautiful, inspiring 21st century library, and we have strong support from the Fanwood Borough Council, the Library Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Library, and organizations and individuals throughout the community.

Thank you to all of you who voted for a strong future for libraries in NJ. Here is the latest information available:

CLICK HERE to download a pdf with additional details:

Securing these matching funds will clearly have a great impact on the Fanwood Library Improvement Project by providing one-to-one matching funds and significantly reducing the financial impact of the library improvement project on Fanwood taxpayers.

pastfutureThe design of the renovation and expansion of the library presents a feasible vision for addressing the long-standing physical needs of the library as detailed in the Strategic Plan, expressed by the community, and established in the review process by staff, the public, and the council-library building committee.

It opens the library to people of all ages and abilities, offers more and better spaces, supports current and emerging technology, and transforms the building into a sustainable community asset.

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The original library on this site was built in 1951. In 1980 an addition was added.


 For more information on the project contact Dan Weiss at the library.