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Merrimack Valley

February 26, 2014

Spot for temporary Salisbury library found

Design plans for new building finalized

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The location provides ample parking, square footage and handicap accessibility.

An exact time frame for moving has yet to be established as library officials contact potential movers, Kyrios said.

But she expects that the town will be without its own library for from six to eight weeks as the content of the current library is moved and the temporary library established.

But residents will still be able to access library services during that time, since Salisbury belongs to a library consortium.

“Aside from the inconvenience of having to drive a bit, our library cards can be used at other (public libraries), like Newburyport’s,” Selectman Fred Knowles said.

Once it’s up and running, the temporary library will be fully operational for the estimated 18 months it will be used until the new library is completed, according to Selectman Freeman Condon.

Initial plans for the town’s new library indicated an energy-efficient, two-story building, with specialized rooms for children and teenage readers, as well as computers for public use, reading rooms, more book shelves, an area for genealogical research and public meeting rooms.

The size and capabilities of the new library coincide with a 20-year projection of Salisbury’s expected growth and nationally accepted library standards, and are based on what Salisbury residents have said they would like to see in the new facility offer.

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