After more than a year of thoughtful planning and coordination between the Village of Pinehurst and the Given / Tufts organization, the village has announced the approval of a final agreement that transfers ownership of the Given Memorial Library and the Tufts Archives in the village of Pinehurst. This transfer will ensure the continued delivery of improved library and archival services to our community.
The scheduled transfer date is April 15, 2022.
During the village council meeting on September 14, the asset and service transfer agreement was signed by the organization Given / Tufts and the village of Pinehurst, formalizing the acquisition.
“I would like to thank the Directors of the Given Memorial Library and the Tufts Archives for working with the Village Council and staff to achieve our common goal of providing quality library and archival services for the Village of Pinehurst. Said Mayor John Strickland. “I also recognize the valuable contribution of our residents, consultants and others involved in the process. As a result, we now have a great plan for moving forward.
In addition to the building located at 150 Cherokee Rd., The Village will also assume the lease of the former post office building located at 95 Cherokee Rd., Which houses the second-hand bookstore, and will continue to sublet the Roast Office.
The Given Tufts organization will donate its collections, furniture and iconic building on Village Green to the Village for the perpetual benefit of all residents of Pinehurst.
“We are grateful to the Given and Tufts families and countless other private donors who have made free library and archive services available to residents of Pinehurst for decades,” said Stuart Mills, Board Member from the Given Memorial Library and the Tufts Archives. “The Organization’s new public / private partnership with the Village will ultimately enable us to significantly improve these services.
The Organization will also continue to hold and manage its endowments of approximately $ 3 million for the benefit of library and archives operations and to conduct future fundraising campaigns to help fund improvements to libraries and archives.
“We express our gratitude to Audrey Moriarty, our Executive Director, Librarian and Archivist and all the staff at Given / Tufts, for their leadership in this process,” said Mills.
In anticipation of the transfer, the village has budgeted $ 1 million for short-term library and archives improvements in fiscal year (FY) 22. The village also plans to carry out a significant library expansion and archives from shortly after the US Open 2024.. Design work for this extension will begin at the end of FY 22.
“We fully recognize the importance of high quality library services to a vibrant and healthy community, as well as the importance of preserving archived evidence of our unique history for the benefit of all,” said Village Director Jeff Sanborn . “Therefore, we are very happy to have been able to conclude this strategically important agreement. ”
For more information on the acquisition of the Given Memorial Library and the Tufts Archives, call 910-295-1900.
Featured photo by photographer John Patota of Sandhills Sentinel.