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 new Oregon Public Library will be built on N. Alpine Parkway, across the street from the Oregon Food Pantry 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. The future use of the remaining Village-owned property will be determined by the Oregon Village Board.
What does this mean for the walking path?
The existing walking path will remain where it is now. An additional section of path is planned to be added 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?
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 $2.1 million in funds for the new library. With significant funding available to move forward, the Village Board and Library Board are working together to move the project forward. In February 2022, an architect & engineer was hired to resume design services to get the project ready for bid.
What will happen to the existing library building?
The existing library property belongs to the Village of Oregon. Once the library is relocated, the property is tentatively planned to be used for the construction of a new Oregon Senior Center.
Is it still possible to donate?
Yes! We will continue to accept donations and pledges for the project in 2022 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 previously and would like to contribute an additional amount in 2022, 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 & engineering work needs to be completed before construction can begin. We are working on the next steps which will allow us to continue the architectural & engineering work needed to put the project out for bid. Our target is to begin construction in late 2022 or early 2023. Construction is estimated to take about 1 year.
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.