Building the Next Chapter

As we celebrate 90 years as an established library, and 31 years in the former White Pine Inn building, the Library Board is looking at ways to improve our library space!

 

Key goals include updating restrooms to current accessibility standards, adding more private study and small conference space, and making the space more flexible for library programs.  We also want to keep the traditional library feeling in our space, and keep it warm and welcoming.

The Library Board issued a request for proposals in 2019 for a Facilities Master Plan, and chose to work with Bentz Thompson Rietow to evaluate the current condition of library space, and to create a plan to take the Library to 2045. Work proceeded on the plan throughout 2020, with a combination of online focus groups and staff and stakeholder interviews.

In addition to a remodel of the existing restrooms, repairs to the facade, and updates to the lighting systems in the Library, changes are planned for all levels of the Library.

On the Library’s main floor, key additions include a quiet room, three new study spaces, a larger children’s area, and a reconfigured service desk.  We will keep areas we know you love to use, like the Mary Stout Reading Room!  We plan to update the furniture, carpet, paint and lighting.  Both entrances will be made more open and welcoming to all who enter the Library.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a possibility of what the service desk area may look like with the changes.

 

 

 

This is what the expanded children’s area may look like – with more color on the walls and in the space!

 

 

 

In addition, some of the lesser used materials in the collection will be moved to the basement, in stacks that will be accessible to the public.  We will continue to have secure storage for the city and our community partners in the remainder of the basement space.

Most of the changes will happen on the main floor, as we have done some recent updates in our meeting spaces.  We will improve the space with the addition of a tech/wet lab space, and we will add more flexibility and technology to the spaces to make them more useful for our community.

 

 

 

 

 

This may be a configuration in the small meeting space upstairs.

 

 

 

 

The Library Board wants to honor the amazing gift that this library was to our community by making needed improvements and reconfiguring the space to work for another 25 years.  The forward thinking of planners in the 1980s means that we have adequate space for our community.

The Capital Campaign Goal to complete these improvements is $1,915,000.  The Library Board has already started fundraising for this planned project, and has already raised $1,501,930.  Thank you to all of our donors!  It is exciting to see the total climb!  We are so grateful for everyone who has already contributed to Building the Next Chapter!

Do you have questions or feedback about our project?  Interested in contributing to our campaign?  Please get in touch with Library Director Jill Smith at jsmith@ci.bayport.mn.us or 651-275-4416 or Sara Wagner, Chair of the Fundraising Committee at saraewagner@comcast.net or 651-303-0540.