Answers to frequently asked questions are listed below. Please contact Jennifer Endres Way, Library Director, at 608-835-2322 for any additional questions.
What is the status of this project?
Our community has generously donated more than $2,040,000 in funds for the new library. The campaign goal was to reach $4 million in funds raised for the project by December 2020. With an estimated project cost of $10 million, additional funds are still needed to move the project forward. We will continue to welcome additional donations.
As of 1/15/21, a total of $8.37 million is available for the project including community donations, the Village commitment of $6 million, and available library impact fees of $331,736.66. The Village Board and Library Board will be working together to determine next steps and how to move the project forward.
Is it still possible to donate?
Yes! We will continue to accept donations and pledges for the project in 2021 at any time. You can donate here.
If I make a gift now, will I still be recognized as a campaign donor for recognition purposes?
Yes. Gifts and pledges made now will still be included in donor recognition opportunities.
I already made a gift. Can I add to my donation so I can be included on the donor recognition wall?
Gifts are recognized at the combined total of all gifts and installments made by that donor. For example, if you made a gift in 2020 and would like to contribute an additional amount in 2021, your gift would be listed at the donor recognition level corresponding with the total of all gifts made. Gifts totaling $1,000 or more will be included on the donor recognition wall.
Where will the new library be built?
The new library will be located at 249 N. Main St. across the street from Netherwood Knoll Elementary School. It is conveniently located near downtown Oregon and in close proximity to other educational, recreational and community service resources.
When will the new library be built?
An architect has already been hired to complete the conceptual design. However, we cannot proceed with turning this dream into a reality until the necessary funding is secured. We anticipate that the project will begin moving forward upon the completion of the campaign in the December of 2020. Additional architectural work will need to be completed before construction can begin.
Will the library be two-story or all on one floor?
The library is planned to be two-story which will minimize the size of the building’s footprint.
What will happen to the existing library building?
The existing library property belongs to the Village of Oregon and the land is tentatively planned to be used for future expansion of the Oregon Senior Center.
Who is involved?
The Oregon Public Library Capital Campaign is being led by dedicated community members. They are working in partnership with Baker Street Consulting, a professional fundraising firm. A complete list of those involved in the project is listed on the Campaign Leadership page.