Library Learning Center Project

On January 23, 2016, the library officially launched a building expansion project funded entirely with community donations and foundation grants. The library plans to add approximately 6,000 square feet of meeting, classroom, and technology laboratory spaces dedicated to all forms of learning.

Architectural sketch from 2008.

Original architectural plan for the library with public meeting spaces, 2008.

The Origins of this Project

In 2008 when our current library facility was built, meeting space was cut from the budget to make construction possible. Currently, the main atrium of the library is our only available program area, which has resulted conflicts between library users and serious space constraints for programs. Any time there is a speaker, a concert or a class, furniture is moved to make room. This make-do space can comfortably accommodate 20 people, but larger programs (we occasionally have over 100 people show up for events), result in the audience sitting on the check-out desk, sitting on the floor, and standing in the book stacks and entry. In addition, library programs are disruptive for those people who are using the library to study, read, research, or access to the internet.

The need for additional programs and program spaces was confirmed by a widely distributed community survey conducted by the Friends in 2015. Respondents stated they wanted to see more programs for children, arts and cultural programs, and access to technology resources not available in Gold Beach. Respondents stated they wanted to see more programs for children, arts and cultural programs, and access to technology resources not available in Gold Beach. For these reasons, the library is committed to constructing a learning center space adjacent to the main library facility, which will provide the physical space to significantly increase the library’s capacity to deliver programs. This new space will benefit the general public, including youth, working adults, and retirees in the Gold Beach area by expanding opportunities for learning.

What Would a Learning Center Look Like

The library is planning to construct a two-story, 6,000 square foot addition to the Curry Public Library, which will provide the physical space to significantly increase the library’s capacity to deliver programs in three targeted areas: 1) technology, 2) arts and cultural programming, and 3) children, youth and family programming.

The first floor of the learning center design will include a multi-purpose space that will accommodate arts and culture activities, and programming for children and youth. Adjacent to the large space will be a catering kitchen, and a storage space for tables and chairs. The multi-purpose room will feature performance quality acoustics, a portable stage, high definition video projection, 1GB dedicated fiber internet connection capable of supporting the Wi-Fi needs for over 150 simultaneous users, and digital microphones and cameras for live streaming.

The second floor will feature a technology teaching and learning lab that will provide access for both youth and adults to scanners, color printing, 3-D printing, and specialized software for video editing, graphic arts, CAD, design, and modeling. A small conference room adjacent to the tech lab will be available to community groups and will include video teleconferencing equipment.

This project will benefit the general public, including youth, working adults, and retirees in the Central Curry County area by expanding opportunities for learning.

Architecture

The library has contracted with HGE, Inc. to design the library learning center addition. On August 29, 2016, HGE presented its first conceptual plans to the library board. These plans have since been refined, resulting in concept drawings shown below. The architect plans to have full building plans completed in during the winter of 2017.

 

Fundraising Efforts

To date, the project budget is estimated at $2,003,110, which includes construction contingency costs.

In 2015, the Library paid off its $420,000 mortgage, which was borrowed to assist with library construction in 2008. As of December 1, 2016, the Library and the Friends of the Library have raised $1,800,000 (90%) of the funds required for the project. Major gifts for the project include:

  • Harald Haug Estate: $900,000
  • Cliff and Maxine Yadon Estate: $50,000
  • Charles Rouse Estate: $150,000
  • Friends of the Library Building Fund: $45,000
  • Community Donations to the Friends of the Library: $25,000
  • Oregon Community Foundation: $20,000
  • Ford Family Foundation: $250,000
  • Collins Foundation: $50,000

Learn more about these donations and grants at: http://friendsofcurrypubliclibrary.org/latest-and-greatest/.

Timeline

  • August-December 2016 – Continued fundraising
  • December 2016 – Library Board makes decision about whether to proceed with construction during summer 2017
  • February 2017 – Full architectural plans complete
  • Spring 2017 – Site preparation begins (if funding allows)
  • Summer 2017 – Construction begins (if funding allows)
  • Winter 2018 – New Learning Center opens to the public (if funding allows)

Donate

You can help us make this project a reality! For more information on making a tax-deductible donation, go to: http://friendsofcurrypubliclibrary.org/donate/.