Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library
Do It Once. Do It Right. Do It Now.
welcome to our vision
The Ridgefield Library has an ambitious and exciting goal: to bring our Library into the 21st century through a carefully considered expansion and renovation project. The New Ridgefield Library will be a multilevel, energy efficient building with an open, flexible floor plan.
Check out the latest happenings on the jobsite and more about the New Library on our new blog.
What's New with the New Ridgefield Library?
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take a virtual tour
technology proposals sought
Ridgefield Library Association, Ridgefield, CT is seeking cost proposals for new Technology Equipment – Voice Communications, Audio Systems, Video Surveillance and Network Equipment. Documents for Proposals can be obtained only on the Library website (click here). Proposals are due no later than December 17, 2013 @ 2:00 PM.
how we got to where we are
Click here to explore a slide show of how we have progressed from our first strategic planning conversations in 2003 to today's active project. Thanks to Board Chair Peter Coffin, who created this document for the recent "Envisioning the New Ridgefield Library" panel presentation.
board adopts new vision & mission
Following several months of gathering data and input from over 600 people, the Library Board has adopted new strategic planning documents to guide us as we move into the New Ridgefield Library.
Our Vision: to be the centerpiece of Ridgefield, an essential partner and destination of choice for our community: the place where people go to read, discover, question, connect and thrive.
Work on goals and objectives to help implement this vision continues.
library has moved to temporary location
Modified library service is now available at 21 Governor Street, right down Main Street, in the former HayDay/Balducci's building. Here you will find our dedicated staff, app. 50% of our collections, Internet and WiFi access and more. Many programs now take place at alternate locations; check our event calendar for updates.
Temporary Street & Delivery Address:
21 Governor Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Mailing Address remains:
472 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Telephone and email addresses all remain the same.
private fundraising to date as of 11/20/13: $15,263,714 from nearly 1,300 donors!
We are thrilled that we have surpassed the $15 million private fundraising goal in our Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library. Achieving this has taken the combined efforts of many people and nearly 1,300 donors. Crossing this threshold upholds the private fundraising commitment associated with the passing of the referendum last March. Town funds of $5 million will be released to the Library at the point in time when the cash on hand has been spent by the Library. This is estimated to happen later this fall.
We continue to fundraise actively for costs associated with the roll-out of the New Library, including things such as advanced technology, relocation and interim operations, permits, marketing and fundraising and other costs in addition to bricks and mortar. Our goal is to raise an additional $2.8 million for these purposes.
here's how you can help
It's easy to become part of the Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library and ensure the success of this exciting project. Click here to make a donation and to learn more about participating in the Community Mural, the Wall of Donors and other giving opportunities.
Be a Part of the Community Mural
Click here to purchase a book spine or silhouette on the Community Mural in the New Library for yourself or as a gift.
Buy a Brick!
Feeling nostalgic about the demolition of much of our old building to make way for the New Ridgefield Library? For just $10 you can purchase a brick to keep as a memento (makes a great bookend, paperweight or doorstop, too). Purchase yours today online or at the Circulation Desk.
Watch a film about the Ridgefield Library – past, present and future.