Answers to frequently asked questions about the new library are listed below. Please contact Jennifer Endres Way, Library Director, at (608) 835-2322 for any additional questions.
Is it still possible to donate?
Yes! Donate here. Donations or pledge forms must be submitted by July 20, 2023 to ensure that your gift can be included in our donor recognition.
If I make a gift now, will I still be recognized as a campaign donor for recognition purposes?
Yes. Donations or pledge forms must be submitted by July 20, 2023 to ensure that your gift can be included in our donor recognition. Contact Jennifer Endres Way at (608) 835-2322 with any questions.
I already made a gift. Can I still add to my donation so I can be included on the donor recognition wall?
Yes! You can donate here. The deadline is July 20, 2023 to submit any additional donations or pledge form for any additional amount that you would like to contribute in order to ensure that the donor recognition reflects this. Gifts are recognized at the combined total of all gifts and installments made by that donor. For example, if you made a gift previously and would like to contribute an additional amount, your gift would be listed at the donor recognition level corresponding with the total of all gifts made. All gifts received by July 20, 2023 will be recognized in a print booklet and gifts totaling $1,000 or more will be included on the donor recognition wall.
Where will the new library be located?
The new Oregon Public Library will be at 200 N. Alpine Parkway, across the street from the Oregon Area Food Pantry, by the new Oregon Village Hall, and near the intersection with Oregon Parks Avenue. Previously, this property was owned by the Oregon School District (OSD) and had been planned for a future school. The Village reacquired this property from OSD in August 2020.
What does this mean for the existing walking & biking path?
The existing walking & biking path will remain where it is now. An additional section of path featuring a storywalk has been built around the library for those who wish to walk or bike on the path without having to cross the library driveway.
What is the status of this project?
The Library Board and Village Board are working together on this exciting community project! Our community has amazingly donated more than $2.28 million in funds for the new library in addition to the generous support provided by the Village of Oregon. The bid for the project has been awarded to the low-bidder, Tri-North Builders (Fitchburg, WI). Construction began in November 2022 and is expected to take 12-14 months. Download the new library plans (PDF)
What will happen to the existing library building?
The existing library property belongs to the Village of Oregon. The Village will consider options for how to use the property once the library has relocated.
Who is involved?
The new library project is a collaborative effort of dedicated community members including the Village Board and Library Board, Library Building Committee, Campaign Leadership Team, along with community volunteers, supporters, and donors. The project has benefited from the professional expertise and leadership of OPN Architects, JSD (engineering), Vine Consulting (Owner's Representative), and Baker Street Consulting (fundraising).