Maplewood Library: Building for the Future


Find out the latest on our plans to renovate and improve the Maplewood Memorial Library. 


For questions about the conceptual design contact Library Director Sarah Lester at   973-762-1622 ext. 5003 or

For questions about giving contact the Maplewood Library Foundation at

For questions about joining or supporting the Friends of the Maplewood Library  contact

Maplewood Library to apply for Library Construction Bond Act Funding
On November 7, 2017, New Jersey voters approved the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, making $125 million available for public library construction throughout the state. The application process should open early in 2019.

“Maplewood Library is poised to apply for NJ Library Construction Bond Act funding at the earliest opportunity,” says Library Director Sarah Lester. “Our plan is in place for a beautiful, inspiring 21st century library, and we have strong support from the Maplewood Township Committee, the Library Board of Trustees, the Maplewood Library Foundation, and organizations and individuals throughout the community.”

Maplewood Memorial Library Building Program and Functional Specifications

Community Meeting: Presentation of Conceptual Design
Tuesday, September 26, 2017  @ 7:30 pm
Sage and Coombe Architects, who have been hired by the Maplewood Library Board of Trustees to design a Library for the Future,  presented their conceptual design to the public. The design was developed taking into consideration input from extensive meetings with focus groups, an open community forum and an online survey to which over 500 people responded. The architects gave an overview of the process, discussed design considerations, and presented their concepts for a library that will meet the needs of the community for  years to come. Free and open to the public. Registration not needed.

Your Library – Your Voice
The public was invited to a community forum with architects Sage and Coombe, who have been contracted to create a conceptual design for the Maplewood Main Library at 51 Baker Street. The library was seeking input from all Maplewood residents to help create a library that will meet the needs of the community for years to come. The forum took place on Monday, April 3 2017 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Main Library.  Sage & Coombe also created a survey to solicit the public’s ideas on what they would like to see in a new improved library. The survey is now closed.

Library Trustees Select Architectural Firm for a 21st Century Library

Moving forward with its vision of creating a 21st century library, the Maplewood Memorial Library Board of Trustees has awarded a contract to Sage and Coombe Architects LLP to create a conceptual design for the Main Library at 51 Baker Street.  Click here for the full press release.

Request for Proposals: Architectural Services for Conceptual Design

Frequently Asked Questions about the RFP and the Project

The Maplewood Library Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to invite three firms to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a conceptual design for the future of the Main Library at 51 Baker St. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued in February. After receiving 39 responses, the library has selected three award-winning firms for their talent, vision and wealth of experience designing libraries and civic buildings. The firms are:

Full text of the press release

Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Architectural Services for Conceptual Design

RFQ Submittals were received from:

1100: Architect ikon.5 architects
Alexander Gorlin Architects     
with Soudry Architect
Kevin Hom Architect
Andrew Berman Architect Lee H. Skolnick Architecture
Arcari + Iovino Lothrop Associates
B4 Development Luay Bahoora Architects
Bermello Ajamil & Partners Marvel Architects
Biber Architects Minervini Vandermark & Associates
BKSK Architects LLP The Musial Group Architecture,
BLuHR Architects Peter Gisolfi Associates
Carow Architects Rice+Lipka Architects
Clarke Caton Hintz RSC Architects
Clawson Architects Sage and Coombe Architects
Dattner Architects Seiler & Drury
Dennis Kowal Architects Settembrino Architects
DIGroup Architecture SSP Architectural Group
Fused Architecture &
Integrated Resiliency,PC 
Studio 1200
FVHD PC Studio Hiller
The Goldstein Partnership ThinkForm Design Architects
HMA2 William Figdor Art & Architecture,
HMR Architects  





Additional information:

Facility Evaluation Study 2013

Current library floorplans:

Original construction documents: 

Annual Report 2015

Strategic Plan 2012-2015

Maplewood Memorial Library Community Survey 2012

Village Green Article: Maplewood Library Announces Ambitious Plan to Expand, Renovate

Township of Maplewood Website

U.S. Census Statistics for Maplewood

Memorial Park Master Plan

Library site from the Memorial Park Master Plan