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NH Library Renovation Spotlight
Peterborough Town Library
The Peterborough Town Library, the first library in the United States to be owned and funded by the people through taxation in 1833, completed a renovation of their late 19th century building in 2021. The move to renovate the building began in 2004, and in 2018 the Town of Peterborough voted to pass a $3 million bond to support the renovation. A further $5.5 million was raised privately. Designed by Ann Beha Architects, the new library restores many of the 1893 building and features expanded room for collections, much-needed small meetings rooms, and classroom, a large community function room, and collaborative spaces for all ages. The renovated library re-opened on 9/12/2021.