On June 1, 1999, the City Council approved a motion to proceed with placing a $5.9 million bond on the November ballot for the expansion of the existing Carnegie Library. Pictures of the proposed design are included at the end of this article. The library project will include a total of 23,000 sq. ft. and if the 20-year bond is approved by the voters, the taxpayers of Ashland will pay approximately $0.46 per $1,000 of assessed value. In other words, a home assessed at $100,000 would be required to pay approximately $46 per year to pay off the bond.This revised project is approximately $1.7 million less than the original project considered in March of this year. Reducing the square footage of the library by roughly 5,000 sq. ft. helped to reduce the projectís costs. This reduction was accomplished by eliminating the multi-purpose room, shortening the building and placing the new structure closer to the existing Carnegie Library. It does not require the acquisition of the neighboring commercial property. The new library includes renovation of the Carnegie and a 16,700-sq. ft. addition. The new facility will include, among other things, a public meeting room, an expanded childrenís library, a young adult section, computer labs, a larger adult reading space, a reading terrace and increased circulation storage. The size of the library is intended to provide services for a projected population base to the year 2025.
SERA Architects designed the project. The project team included local architect Raymond Kistler, and historian George Kramer, as well as library building consultant Kathryn Page. The project is a result of a series of public workshops and open houses, which solicited citizen input. Working with SERA was the Library Improvement Committee consisting of librarians, members from the Planning and Historic Commissions, Friends of the Library, the County Library Advisory Committee, the State Library Board, Neighbors, City Staff and the Mayor.Click on a thumbnail below to see a full sized image
Additional information is available at the Friends of the Ashland Public Library web site www.mind.net/foal.
Full size architectural drawings are available for review at the library.