Completed in June 2019, the Transformation Project was designed to bring the Westport Library, originally built in 1985 and expanded in 1998, into the 21st century.
The physical spaces were reimagined to be more dynamic, flexible, and interactive. A central Forum with a stage, large LED screen and stadium-style seating for up to 400 people lies at the heart of the main floor. This combined, with three state-of-the-art multi-media studios, helps extend the Library’s programming capabilities beyond what libraries have traditionally been able to offer their patrons.
The Transformation always visualized the future of the Library to be both a digital and physical experience. Each year, the Library offers 1,400 events – ranging from well-known speakers such as Mo Rocca, Bob Ballard, and General Wesley Clark to a Crossword Puzzle Contest with Will Shortz and weeklong StoryFest, the largest literary festival in Connecticut. The Library’s ever-growing digital collection is creating new ways for people to learn, read, and grow intellectually.
The Library has also maintained a robust traditional collection that includes hundreds of thousands of books, periodicals, and reference materials, which are available throughout the building. Additionally, there are numerous resources for students, business owners, job seekers, and retirees, along with many spaces for individuals or groups to gather to innovate, collaborate, or ideate -- truly making the Library a place where people of all ages can seek information, gain knowledge, exchange ideas, and share life experiences.
The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880