Why did you decide to move the library and keep the current building for other community uses?

The library board made the decision to move the library after very serious and extensive deliberations. We learned from prior approaches, conducted research and evaluated all options. Because we are entrusted with the long-term future of the library, we decided that the renovations required to improve the current building and the size and location of its site didn’t indicate that to be in the best overall interest of the community.

The current library space continues to face significant challenges, magnified by growth in attendance at our programs, the number of items and services available and general use over the last few years. Many of these challenges could not ALL be solved by a redesign of the current building – including parking, accessibility and simply the size of the building and parcel of land, although they can be improved. The numerous trade-offs, in the short and long term, associated with either renovating or building new were carefully considered.