Answers to frequently asked questions are listed below. Please contact Jennifer Endres Way, Library Director, at 608-835-2322 for any additional questions.
Where will the new library be built?
The Library and Village Board are working together to re-evaluate the best location for the new library before final design continues.
On Monday, September 20, 2021 the Library Board met with the Village Board to present the impacts to the budget and to the vision of the new library project if the new library were to be built on Main Street property designated site for a new library in 2017, following recommendations by planning consultants. While some challenges were anticipated, it was only through the civil engineering work that sufficient information became available to fully understand the cumulative impacts of these challenges.
Based on that conversation, the Library Board and Village Board will be working together to explore alternative locations for the new library to be built. This will include, but not be limited to, exploration of property owned by the Village on the corner of Alpine Parkway and County Hwy CC (across from the Oregon Food Pantry). The decision to now take a pause from design and thoughtfully discuss alternative site options was not taken lightly. Read more here.
The order of the steps that were taken in the project was determined by an agreement with the Village which outlined a detailed process for the library project to follow.
Please contact Jennifer Endres Way, Library Director, at 608-835-2322 with any questions or concerns.
What is the status of this project?
In February 2021, the Village Board increased the Village of Oregon commitment to the new library to $10 million. Our community has generously donated more than $2,057,000 in funds for the new library. With significant funding available to move forward, the Village Board and Library Board are working together to determine next steps including continuing architectural services to get the project ready for bid with a target of early 2022.
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.
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.
When will the new library be built?
Additional architectural work needs to be completed before construction can begin. We are working on the next steps which will allow us to continue the architectural work needed to put the project out for bid. Our target is to begin construction in 2022. Construction is estimated to take about 1 year.
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.
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.