In September 2019, after careful financial analysis and deliberations, the library board passed a unanimous resolution to retain ownership of the current building regardless of whether the library renovates or relocates.
In the event the library relocates, the building will continue to be occupied by the Barrow Art Gallery. Additional community and library uses that complement the Barrow have been explored in order to determine the economic viability of keeping the current historic building and maintaining its ambiance. For example, year round sales of used books and the addition of a local not-for-profit tenant would help maintain or increase foot traffic and keep the building open to the public, providing downtown district and community benefits. A combination of such uses is projected to cover costs associated with retaining the property.