Edgartown library director Jill Dugas Hughes will be stepping down from the job at the end of August, the library board of trustees announced this week.

Mrs. Hughes was named the library director in June 2012, and has overseen the construction of a new $10.3 million Edgartown Public Library next to the Edgartown School. Construction on the library is expected to conclude this summer. In a letter to library trustees, Mrs. Dugas said she is committed to making the transition to a new director go smoothly, and will remain on the job to see the library building project through to the end.

“To say that I will miss all of you and this community is an understatement,” she said.

Trustees noted that under Mrs. Hughes’s leadership, staff salaries have been increased, the library has been open six days a week, and youth programming participation has increased 60 per cent. The library also launched a pilot early literacy bilingual story hour led by high school students.

Library board chairman Denise Searle said the board of trustees has created a search committee and Mrs. Dugas Hughes will help find a new library director.