|Nov 05, 2012 --
The growing needs of the Auburn community resulted in added patronage and a shortage of space at the Auburn Memorial Library. The library was built in 1996, consisting of 5,773 square feet. Extra space of 1,340 square feet was needed because of the increasing patronage, which averages approximately 125 patrons a day. The Auburn Memorial Library offers youth services, youth and adult reading areas, preschool story time, summer reading programs, computer technology, and a conference room, all of which were seeing an increase in demand.
USDA Rural Development assisted the community’s fund raising campaign with a $100,000 Community Facility Loan and a $56,590 Community Facility Grant for the project. Leveraged funds of $265,410 from the Auburn Memorial Library Foundation, Inc., $10,000 from Union Pacific Foundation, and $75,000 from the Peter Kiewit Foundation were also utilized.
On October 2, 2012, the Auburn Memorial Library Foundation, Inc. celebrated the completion of the Auburn Memorial Library’s expansion project with an open house.
Services for the pre-school story time will now comfortably accommodate the growth from 40 to 80 participants along with the attendance at toddler story time. The summer reading programs accommodate approximately 480 participants and the library will now be able to provide computer services to the 812 average of monthly users.
The expanded conference room is available for public use and is provided free to non-profit corporations along with usage for classes such as those to attain a G.E.D., Nebraska Safety Council and special Humanities and other programs sponsored by the Library throughout the year. In addition to the youth services collection, a mechanical/electrical room, expansion of the staff lounge and a new director's office were also part of the new construction, with the existing director’s office converted into a workroom for public use. The mechanical and electrical were also upgraded to accommodate increased demand.
Community support helped this dream become a reality. The Auburn Memorial Library can continue to provide library resources and services to the residents of Auburn in order to meet their personal, educational, and professional informational needs.