Dodgeville Public Library Building Project Information
Referendum on February 18th, 2020
(Articles submitted to the Dodgeville Chronicle by The Dodgeville Public Library Board of Trustees)
You have questions. We have answers.
1. A look back
“The Dodgeville Public Library – A look back before moving forward”
The Dodgeville Public Library is looking toward the future, not just for the library, but for the City of Dodgeville. With your help, we hope to expand your library to fill a variety of needs for this building and our town.
The Dodgeville Public Library started out in 1900, in a single room of the original Dodgeville City Hall, with an annual budget of $400, and was open four hours each week. By 1923, the library was open three days a week and had a single full time librarian. A dedicated library building was finally built in 1951, at 111 West Merrimac Street, site of the current police department, thanks in part to a generous $10,000 donation by Mattie Utting. Click on ‘A look back’ to read more information.
2. Why this spot?
“Why place the proposed new Dodgeville Public Library at the Springate Mall?”
Looking for a new location for a new library took a number of factors into consideration. The first is available size. A building assessment completed in 2014 showed that a library for a population of our size should have 21,000 sq. ft. of space. This is a significant increase over our current size of less than 6,800 sq. ft. Click on ‘Why this spot’ to read more information.
3. Why libraries matter?
“Why would a new library benefit the City of Dodgeville?”
Whether you personally use the library or not, the Dodgeville Public library plays an essential role in our community. The library is a promotor of education, equality and democracy. Anyone can go, anyone can read, anyone can use the public computers and make use of the library for whatever they wish to learn about. This access is open to all and is transformational in people’s lives.
A new library would include public meeting spaces able to accommodate large events and meetings after-hours. Click on ‘Why libraries matter’ to read more information.
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