Designing a Library for 21st Century Needs
When the newly-built Library opened in 1997, the world was a different place, with the boom of 21st century technology on the horizon. The Library met the challenge of changing patron needs by providing technology training, services and digital collections. We are proud to have enhanced the services that are the hallmark of the public library – providing free materials and programs and a community gathering space for all ages. While library resources and services have evolved to meet the demands of the 21st century, the library facility also needs updating to create more efficient, inviting library spaces and address needed repairs and replacement of mechanical and physical systems.
In January, 2014 the Library Board hired Engberg Anderson Architects to conduct a space planning study to determine the most cost-effective way to address needed renovations due to the past two decades of “wear and tear” on the original equipment and meet evolving patron needs and changes in technology. The resulting conceptual design, was unveiled at a public meeting on April 1st (meeting minutes).
A Special Board meeting was held on Thursday, June 26 to discuss financing options and costs for the proposed renovation plan. (meeting minutes).