The library has needed additional space to fulfill its role in the community for decades. It was built in 1890 for a smaller population and at a time when libraries were used very differently than today. The existing spaces are too small, inaccessible for some patrons and inflexible to meet the needs of our 9,000 taxpaying residents.
While an elevator would make the second floor accessible, it will not address the multitude of additional accessibility issues such as narrow aisles, too high/low shelving, inaccessible restrooms and limited parking. There is also a lack of appropriate meeting/study/work spaces and inadequate and precarious storage.