WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The average life of a heating and cooling system is 20 years, and Westborough Public Library's is now in its 32nd year, according to Maureen Ambrosino, library director. Construction to install a new system will begin Sept. 17.
"It's just time," Ambrosino said. "The parts to repair it are obsolete, and with the system breaking down constantly we were spending quite a bit of money to repair a system that was obsolete."
The article approving the $575,000 project was approved by the town, and a contractor, Unicon, was chosen through a bidding process.
Ambrosino said it is important for residents to understand that the library will remain open during the construction, but they will have to expect a louder atmosphere. The construction is scheduled to take three months.
"[The workers] are going to try to get as much of their noisy-type work done early in the day," Ambrosino said. "But it's not possible to do construction work quietly, so we expect it to be a bit noisy."
Ambrosino said those who need a quiet environment should plan accordingly. The later hours, after the workers finish for the day, will be the ideal time for peace and quiet, Ambrosino said.
While certain areas in the library will be blocked off for portions of the construction, the meeting room will be closed as it is needed for storage while the project is underway. A portion of the children's area on the lower level may also be used for storage.
Ambrosino said there are no plans to cancel classes or programs, but they may be moved to the Forbes Municipal Building next door.
"We'll still be having programs, it just won't be where people are accustomed to going," Ambrosino said.
"It's important to get the word out ahead of time so people are aware and can plan their schedules."
Updates on construction and library operations can be found on the library's website.