Stoughton Public Library

Stoughton, MA


square feet front porch


new native trees


percent universally accessible site

The building, as described by Finegold Alexander Architects, is a much-loved community library, reborn with a new spirit of openness. Originally built in 1969, the renovation and contemporary expansion doubles the scale of the facility, creating a universally accessible, light-filled, energy-efficient space with vistas to the outdoors. In collaboration with the architects, DMLA re-envisioned the site to meet the changing needs of the Stoughton community.

The second-story addition created an ideal opportunity for a contemporary “front porch” concept—by creating a natural gathering plinth and grounding the library’s extensive growth. The entry sequence formed accessible, easily identifiable routes from the higher and lower sections of the site, while the main walkway bisects the front entry garden which consists of an abundance of blooms and seasonal color throughout the year.

The topography was a challenge, as were the dual entrances. We were able to creatively provide ample accessibility and carve out usable open green space for the benefit of the community. We were delighted with the result, given that the library serves an integral part of the community, promoting life-long learning, recreational reading and cultural advancement—we are happy to be a part of the success story.

Deborah Myers ASLA, Principal

The best libraries don’t stop at the front door. They provide ample exposure to nature and are welcoming destinations of choice—underscoring the building’s significance to the community and contribution to the beauty of place.

It's like welcoming a friend that's been missing.

Erin Gomes, Stoughton resident
The building is wildly successful, and our patronage has significantly increased since our opening day. The building is now a beacon looking out to our historic town green and is setting the tone for future progress in the Town.

Pat Basler, Library Director, Stoughton Public Library
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Project Team

  • Client: Town of Stoughton, MA
  • Architect: Finegold Alexander Architects
  • Civil Engineer: Nitsch Engineering
  • Landscape Contractor: Xquisite Landscaping
  • Photographer: Ras Daj, Deborah Myers, Antonio Pimentel