Library trustees, staff members, contractors and friends from the community gathered on a grassy site off Common Road May 15 to break ground for the new Vose Library building.

The 3,900-square-foot single-story building will be near the town’s historic common.

The new building is needed, according to a library press release, because the Vose Library has been sharing the Robbins House on Union Common with the Union Historical Society, and the library has outgrown that space. The Vose Library’s collection includes more than 14,000 books, audio books, large-print volumes, videos and DVDs, and CD-Rom reference materials. In addition, the library provides high-speed Internet access, both wired and wireless.

The new building is an upgrade from the 1,100 square feet the library had to work with before, according to Library Director Lynn Allen.

The Vose Library Capital Campaign raised more than $590,000, with a fundraising goal of $750,000.

“I cannot tell you how excited we are,” said Treasurer Alison Metcalfe. “It’s been a long 10-year process.”

The new building will offer more space for easy access to the collection, reading spaces and office spaces.

Allen expects the construction will be completed within about six months.

For more information, call the library at 785-4733.