The library will launch a capital campaign to raise private funds and various grants for moving to a new location. Just like for the school district, there’s a difference in a capital project’s costs and in the costs to run the library’s operations. Because the library’s needs for additional space are significant, designing and building that space for maximum operational efficiencies is important to contain future costs.
An increase in public funding will likely be requested at some point in the future as the library’s operational costs for things like personnel, utilities and collections get more expensive over time. This is true regardless of where the library is located. Public funding, first provided in 2016, has been a game changer for the library, allowing for expanded hours, services/programs and collections. The library currently supplements public funding with fundraising and income from investments to cover its annual operating budget.