The Framingham Public Library System includes the Main Library near downtown Framingham and the Christa McAuliffe Branch in Saxonville. The Saxonville Branch opened in 1963. The facility originally was designed to accommodate a collection of 16,500 books. In 1981 the Branch was expanded to better meet the needs of north- side residents. Because of limited funds available in the early 1980s, the Trustees could plan for only a modest addition. Federal block grants and town revenues were combined to pay for a 1,500 square foot addition that was dedicated in 1986. In 1987, the Saxonville Branch was renamed for Christa McAuliffe, a school teacher from Framingham who had the opportunity to serve as a NASA astronaut. To meet the community's needs for the next quarter of a century, the Town of Framingham would need to construct a 17,000 square foot library facility.
The Town of Framingham is currently in the construction phase for the new Christa McAuliffe Library located at 746 Water Street. The building will be an L-shaped, one-story structure adjacent to the Nobscot Shopping Center and will triple the size of the current branch on Nicholas Road it will replace. Construction expected to finish end of 2015.