Where will the new library be?
The library will be on 14.3 acres on the south side East Main, adjacent to Lindley Park and Peet's Hill. The new address is 626 East Main Street.
How big will the new library be?
The new library building will be about 53,000 square feet, which is more than double the present library's size. (It is interesting to note the current library increased the size of the previous library by 4 times!)
What will happen to the old library building?
It has been sold to the City of Bozeman. Proceeds will go towards the construction of the new library.
Why do we need a new library?
Growth. We need a new public library because Bozeman has grown more than 40% since the present library was built in 1981; by 2020 the population may double. Our library serves all the residents of Bozeman and Gallatin County, with over 1,200 visitors each day. It is a dynamic, busy place and is getting very crowded! The new library will allow for a growing collection of books and materials, will have more computers, updated wiring, lots of comfy reading space, tutor rooms, two meeting rooms and additional parking!
When will construction be completed?
Construction on the new library began on April 14, 2005 during National Library Week. The construction manager is Martel Construction. The new library is projected to open in November 2006.
What did the remediation process entail?
The site of the new library once was a depot for the Chicago Milwaukee Railroad and was contaminated with asbestos and lead in the soil. Remediation was completed on-site, which means the material transported from the site was cleaned and contained in plastic bags and taken to the City landfill. The City waived the tipping fees, which would have cost over $800,000.
Will more money be needed for the new library?
Yes! The new library will cost about $17 million when completed. The bond issue passed in June 2001 provided $4 million from city taxpayers. The Library Foundation has raised another $5,850,000. Other funding sources include Gallatin County, TIF funds, a Northwestern Energy grant, federal funds, sale of the current building, and park land reimbursement. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Will there be other development on the site?
On July 11, 2005 the City Commission approved the City/Library Lands Task Force recommendations to sell one acre of land south of the new Library for a "green" building of approximately 10,000 sq.ft. The purchaser would be required to incorporate a design compatible with the Library, Lindley Park and the cemetery. The only other site development under consideration is the reconstruction of the depot. The bricks were palletized and stored for later use. The Library has no say over any future Wallace Avenue redevelopment.
Who are the architects involved in the design of the new library?
A requirement of the selection process was that a local architectural office be involved in the design of the new library. The architectural firm of Overland Partners had an office in Bozeman as well as San Antonio, Texas, and library architect Ray Johnston of Seattle was actively involved in the design process. In 2004, principle architect Mark Headley, formerly of Overland Partners opened StudioFORMA Architects, located in Bozeman. He continues to lead the design process.
What is a "green" building?
"Green" buildings are environmentally sound and energy efficient. This includes using recycled building materials, alternative energies, night flushing, and photovoltaic systems. The Library will receive a $500,000 donation upon achieving Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
What is the Library Foundation?
Established in 1991, the Foundation is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to raising private donations to support library programs and services. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors.
What is the Building Committee?
The Building Committee is a group of citizens, appointed by the Trustees, that recommends to the Trustees on such matters as location, cost, architect and contractor for the project.
Who are the trustees?
Ron Farmer, Chair, Marilyn King, Al Kesselheim, and Holly Brown. Jerry (JB) Bancroft resigned the summer of 2006. The Trustees are appointed by the City Commission for 5-year terms.