Library Planning and Building Committee

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The Library Planning and Building Committee

was established in December 2009 and charged with studying the long-range library plan and the library siting committee reports, as well as studying area libraries, and then with hiring an architect to produce plans for a new Oxford Public Library. We are currently meeting monthly on the first Mondays at 7pm at Town Hall to move forward with our charge. Meetings are open to the public and we welcome citizen's input. Link to our meeting agendas and minutes here: .


Town mailing on Long Range Plan available here.

Full text of the Long Range Plan available here.
The Library Long Range Planning Committee formulated a 6-year-plan and building program in 2006 for the Oxford Public Library. The plan provides for a beautiful library building that will be a source of pride for the community for many years to come. We will have the space to provide full library services and meeting spaces for patrons of all ages. A Connecticut State Library grant provided funds for a library planning consultant, Nolan Lushington, who worked with the community and the committee. The members of the committee were:

Maryellen Joncyk, Chairperson
Essie Lydon, Secretary Margaret Kutnieski
Dorothy DeBisschop Grace Hanneken
James Hliva Nancy Farnum
Dawn Higginson, Director Lois Hiller, former Director

Objectives for a new Oxford Public Library


To fulfill it’s mission of independent learning with an emphasis on children’s service and community cultural and information services the library needs to focus on improving its facilities. Nearby communities such as Derby, Southbury and the Monroe library have shown how important expanded facilities are to the improvement of library services. The Oxford library building is by far the smallest in its population class and less than one fifth of the size needed for its present population.


From the inception of library services in Oxford in the Nineteenth Century citizens have wanted the library to be a cultural and information center for the citizens of Oxford. It should provide patrons with the ability to view art displays, to listen to music, to join in book discussion groups. All of this will motivate citizens to use the library’s collections.


The new library should have:


Other Benefits of a new library building