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Did You Know...

There are many facts and figures about the current building and the renovation & expansion project. Did you know that...

  • The library was donated to the Town of Canton in 1902 by Augustus & Harriet Hemenway.
  • In 1902 there were only about 5000 people living in Canton.
  • The library was expanded in 1962 at a cost of $261,000. This addition added the two side wings and the rear portion of the building.
  • In 1962 there were 12,771 people living in Canton.
  • Air conditioning was added in 1994.
  • There are over 90,000 items in the library collection.
  • There are more than 12,000 patrons, representing more than 60% of Canton's population.
  • 27% of patrons were born in the 1980's
  • 18% of patrons were born in the 1950's
  • An average of 527 patrons visit the library per day.
  • Before the renovation began, there were 9204 linear feet of bookshelves in the library. After the renovating is completed there will be more than 15,000 linear feet of bookshelves.
  • In 1997 the Town of Canton began the preliminary design process by approving $40,000 for study and architectural plans.
  • In 1998 the Town of Canton approved the submission of a State Grant Application for partial funding of the building project.
  • In 2000 the Town of Canton approved a Proposition 2 1/2 overide clearing the way for the project.
  • 1414 people voted in favor of the Prop. 2 1/2 overide.
  • In 2002 the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners placed Canton 4th on the list for $2.6 million in funding.
  • Before the renovation there were 17,053 square feet in the library.
  • There will be almost 34,000 square feet in the expanded library.



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