The Hiawatha Public Library needs to grow to accommodate increasing numbers of patrons using our services. Approximately 500 people on average visit the library each day, and we have the highest circulation for any library in Iowa of our city’s size, yet our building is one of the smallest, resulting in a collection that is smaller than average due to lack of space. We offer many community programs for all ages, but our only large meeting room is too small to allow for large crowds, and we compete with other community organizations for use of the meeting space.
Our plans are to renovate the existing 8,543 square-foot building and to expand by an additional 13,457 square feet. The library will remain at the current location via community input. This project will add a dedicated larger technology area with workstations that are conducive for group instruction. It will allow for more study rooms for meetings and quiet space. The larger building will create dedicated youth space, Tween Zone, and young adult areas to meet the needs of growing minds at every stage of learning. In addition, it will provide better program space to handle larger crowds at popular programming and community gatherings. It also addresses a safety issue in that there will be a lower level for emergency shelter, storage and HVAC. The HVAC currently takes up valuable space on the library’s current and only level.
The library has no plans to increase staff size. The only increases in operating costs may come from increased heating and cooling costs, but the new HVAC system will be much more efficient and will likely result in savings.
Funding for this $4.1 million project will come from:
You may make an investment in our children and our community with a gift to the Make Room for Imagination campaign. The library is a 501(c)(1) tax exempt organization and charitable contributions to the library are tax deductible per Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code to the greatest extent of the law.
Jeaneal Weeks - Library Director