Eau Claire (WQOW) – The 42-year-old L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library needs $11.5 million from the public to expand its space.
The library has released a fundraising feasibility study where you can weigh in about how the library can raise money for the planned renovations. The expansion it wants, plus the building upgrades, would cost about $23 million. The result from that survey will help library officials decide whether they can raise $11.5 million from private donations.
The other $11.5 million would come from public funding. A proposed City of Eau Claire budget plan would include another $11.5 over 3 years. Per year on you tax bill, it would cost almost $40 per home valued at $150,000. L.E. Phillips Memorial Library officials said the proposed renovations, and many upgrades, would improve the quality of services at the library.
“Libraries are so vibrant today if you haven’t stopped in the library lately you should, we’re the most visited destination downtown so I’m excited to work here, I’m excited about my job and I’m excited the potential that this building expansion could bring to our community,” said Kimberly Hennings, Assistant Director of L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
The plan can be seen here.
Officials will survey people through focus groups over the next month or two. In late October, officials said they would set up a survey station at the library, as well as send the study via mail to those subscribed to the library’s newsletter. Officials said the survey link would also be available on the L.E. Phillips Public Library’s website.