Evolution of the Public Library

  • July 30, 1889: First town operated free public library opens to the public.
  • 1918: Augusta Corbin bequeaths a large sum of money for the purpose of a library.
  • July 30, 1921: The Chester C. Corbin public library formally opens to the public.
  • May 11, 2009: Town vote is passed to apply for and accept federal and/or state grants for a construction project.
  • September 28, 2010: Massachusetts Historical Commission accepts, with compromise, the… proposed demolition of the library due to a lack of reasonable and economical alternatives.
  • August 5, 2014: Awarded a Provisional Construction Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), approximately 50% of the total project cost.
  • August 5, 2014: For the first time in history, through a capital bond bill supported by former State Senator Richard T. Moore, an additional 25% is added to the grant from the MBLC.
  • December 8, 2014: The town of Webster approves a special town meeting warrant to “appropriate for the construction of the new library.
  • January 26, 2015: The residents of Webster approve the ballot question during a special town election to “exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to construction, renovate, and expand the Chester C. Corbin Public Library.”