Local Community Library Set To Expand
Who says libraries are dying? One library in Eastern Iowa is actually getting ready to expand.
Despite its small facilities, the Hiawatha Public Library is said to have the largest circulation per capita in the state, and about 300 visitors daily.
The demand is starting to outweigh the space and resources that the library has, so they are looking for public and private support to raise funds for a 13,500-square-foot addition. This will create a second level, more computer stations, study rooms, rooms for public gatherings, additional shelving space, and more, including basic infrastructure like improved HVAC systems, storage and employee workspace.
Local businesses have already made almost $700,000 in private donations toward Phase 1 of the project, and if the library can raise just over $300,000 more, they can move to Phase 2 without an extra tax burden to citizens. The referendum to be held in November will be a simple "yes/no" vote to put an additional amount already earmarked into the city's budget, toward the library.
Having recently relocated to the Hiawatha community, it's handy to have a library closeby. But with so much more to offer at the downtown Cedar Rapids branch, that location has remained more convenient. If Hiawatha's plans are able to be approved and completed, my neighborhood library could become a more regular destination.
Find out more about the library's plans and what's needed to make them a reality HERE.