Mobile Shelving Coming to the Library

The Goffstown Public Library has been awarded $28,080 in funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ “Grants to States” program. The grant program is part of the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 and is being facilitated by the New Hampshire State Library.

We will use this grant award to purchase mobile shelving for the children’s and the second floor south rooms. This new shelving will give library staff the ability to rearrange space for programs and events while providing additional shelving capacity.

The grant funds will help the library address challenging space needs in our 112-year-old building that is over capacity. The goal is for more flexible space and shelving options to address some of the demands of a 21st century library.

"We are so grateful to be awarded these ARPA funds and look forward to having the ability to transform our floorplan. During the pandemic we learned we must have the potential to pivot quickly and efficiently, and this grant will help us accomplish that in our historic building."

Spaces to Receive Mobile Shelving - "Before" Pictures:

Library Children's Room 2021

Children's Room

Library Second Floor North Room

Second Floor North Room

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UPDATE 12/14/2022: See the “After” photos of the completed project in this December 2022 post.