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?
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 the necessary fundingto 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.
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?
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 spring of 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.
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.