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Scituate Library in temporary quarters during rebuilding project

The Scituate Town Library reopened last week in temporary quarters at the town-owned Scituate Harbor Community Building overlooking the water at 44 Jericho Road. The library was closed for 10 days while it moved. It is scheduled to move back to its old location – but into an expanded and renovated facility – in the fall of 2016. The new space will be about 33,000 square feet, an increase of about 7,000 square feet, according to library Director Jessi L. Finnie. The temporary space is smaller than the old library – about two-thirds of the collection went into storage in the Town Hall basement – but has “fantastic” views, Finnie said. She said that the newest and most used library materials are available, and that residents can order from the other 31 facilities in the regional Old Colony Library Network. The town also is leasing space at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to make more room for library programs. Scituate voted in 2013 to spend $12 million to expand and renovate the library on Branch Street, which was built in 1978. The town received a $5 million state grant for the project.