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PROPOSED BUILDING PROGRAM In 2018 the Portneuf Library District Board and District Administration began to study the District's present and future facility needs. The library has experienced the number of library users and cardholders increase a great deal in the past 5 years with the service area increasing ______________________________
In 2019 the Library Board, knowing that the surrounding area was expanding and the number of patrons and card holders would only continue increasing, commissioned a random telephone survey of 450 community members which consisted of a 4% sample of their 10,900 registered voters. Those survey results revealed that a super majority (73%) of the respondents favored the following 3 proposed projects.
Building a new library consisting of approximately 32,000 sq ft
Buying a roughly 2-acre site
Purchasing new shelving and other library materials
Aerial view looking from Burley Road
The first library bond election was conducted in May of 2019 and failed with only 49% voting 'Yes'. Many factors are considered to have contributed to that failure. Among them, the land chosen on which to build the new library, a vast amount of misinformation spread among community members, a low voter turnout, and a lack of reach with educational materials-too many community members had heard nothing about the upcoming bond election and proposed new library though the library had made a concerted effort to provide the community with information. After the bond failing the library staff and board regrouped to review community information and feedback relevant to the bond. The library director and library board agreed that, while a new library was still greatly needed, the library had to take a step back and take a different approach to educating taxpayers about the value of the library in the community and the need to support library access for a quickly growing community.
ADDITIONAL SPACE IS NEEDED During busy months, an average of 462 people use the library per day. The library does not currently have space to adequately serve the 50+ children plus caretakers who regularly attend children's activities. The current library at one time should not serve more than 200 individuals per fire code estimates, however, popular programs may draw more than that to the library. Currently there is no good space for programs such as:
Computer and other classes
Free tax help
Community club meetings
Large adult programs
Comparison between the current building size on the left and the proposed building size on the right.
Outdoor storytime area looking into the Children's room and down to the main circulation desk
FINDING A LOCATION Library administration began the plan for the proposed new library by surveying the current location to see if an expansion was possible. Through discussion with architects the administration and board came to the conclusion that the current library site could not support a new structure or expansion without significant added cost as well as losing parking and green space. The administration and board then began the task of finding suitable land which would remain accessible to the library's entire service area. Land was selected on the South West corner of Chubbuck and Burley drive.
Main entrance facing Burley Drive
PROPOSED PLANS The proposed new library has been designed with the community in mind. Along with larger collection spaces to house library collections, there will also be versatile community meeting rooms to host community events such as free tax help, piano recitals, book talks, and more! The meeting rooms will be accessible after library hours without allowing access to the entirety of the library and will also have full kitchen access for events. The main collection area will have several more study rooms and reading areas for patrons to work, study, or relax. Furthermore, there will be a dedicated quiet computer lab for public use as well as for library classes. The children's area will have a specified story time area as well as increased play area and collection space. The children's room will also allow more room for activities and tables, chairs, and reading spaces for patron use. The program space will be shared between the children's and teen rooms in order to conserve space and offer a dedicated space for noisy and messy programs to take place. The teen room will be separate from other rooms and will offer a greater collection area as well as space for studying, relaxing, reading, and covert programming. Other notable additions will be:
larger staff work and storage spaces in order to accommodate library tables, carts, cataloging and processing of books, meetings, and more.
a Makerspace to house the library's 3D printer, glowforge, button makers, cricut maker, and other tools so they may be readily available for community use.
a cafe in the main entrance of the library so that people can meet and eat at the library without causing mess in the other areas of the library.
an outdoor story time and programming area to expand programming outside in the summer months.
a dedicated green space for library use to ensure the library will have sufficient area for large summer programs.
a great deal of natural light to maintain a cheerful and cozy atmosphere.
Proposed library floor plan
Children's Storytime Area
View from Chubbuck Road
View into Children's Room from the back parking lot of the library