The population of Lake County and the city of Polson has grown exponentially in recent years, and as a result, our library has outgrown its current space. In response, we have begun an expansion/renovation project to utilize other areas of our building.
Our purposes in expanding and renovating are:
- To improve the condition of our aging building (built in 1989)
- To provide for building sustainability and longevity
- To upgrade our building to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards
- To update a failing heating/cooling system and upgrade other inadequate systems
- To provide comfortable spaces for our patrons, including adequate seating and pleasant areas to read, study, and relax
- To expand available space so that staff can continue to serve our patrons efficiently
- To provide adequate computer space (now and in the future) for the burgeoning public demand
- To plan for the future needs of our diverse and growing population
To prepare for renovation and expansion, the Board of Trustees has taken several steps.
After seeking advice from both a structural engineer and a professional library consultant, they formed the Library Building Committee, comprised of local construction and design experts, and went through the lengthy process to hire a professional architect. Public meetings with the architect have taken place. Funding for the project is the next step.
This project will benefit the community and our patrons in countless ways, but especially with the resulting better services to our diverse, scattered, and growing population.
With the enthusiasm and expertise of the library’s Board of Trustees, North Lake County Library Foundation, and a dedicated Library Director and staff, we are committed to seeing this project to completion. All that is lacking is the adequate funding to help see our beautiful small library into the future.
To donate to this project, please contact the library at (406) 883-8225.
October 2009 roof leak and damage