Library Expansion Project

The Joslin Memorial Library is in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to renovate, expand, and modernize our building. Plans include an elevator and entrance that will make the building accessible to all, doubling usable space, creating a larger more user-friendly Children’s Room on the lower level, and reconfiguring space on the main level to better accommodate our collection and people reading, working, interacting, and using technology. And hopefully a fireplace!

Click HERE for online renderings and more details, or contact our Campaign Coordinator Ruth Ann Pattee at

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to:
Town of Waitsfield- Joslin Library Campaign
P.O. Box 283
Waitsfield VT 05673



Final renovations are in full swing at the Joslin library! On January 18th, the entire top floor was packed and moved by a fantastic veteran owned company “Grunts Move Junk”. Their team was friendly, organized, professional and happy to adopt our rather tedious labeling system while packing our books. They’ll return on February 10th, to move everything back in after floors have been refinished, painting is complete and bookcases have been reassembled. The bottom floor of the library looks fantastic with new tile, carpet, paint and lighting. The meeting room is quite spacious, there are two new bathrooms and tons of natural light. Since we’ve been closed, the elevator has been installed, a second door to the director’s office has been opened up and painting of the top floor has begun.

This renovation project has been quite an experience and we have all learned a great deal, worked hard and have done our best to accommodate our patrons along the way. There is still a great deal to accomplish before we can re-open and we ask that you please bear with us as we complete this project. When finished, my hope is that the Joslin library will become the heart of the community, a comfortable, inviting and welcoming space for all.

Board Chair Jean Joslin adds, “Despite the challenges of renovating a 105 year old building, I’ve been excited to see the beauty in this historic treasure. Reclaiming the original oak wood floors and illuminating the stained glass window overhead adds a new dimension to the level of craftsmanship”.

We will continue to update our website to keep folks informed. At this time we are anticipating a possible opening during the week of February 17th.

– Katie Bourque-Johnson, Library Director