New Building Project
Artist's rendering of the new Whitewright Public Library, which will be located at 223 W Grand Street (next to the Independent Bank parking lot).
The new building will be over 8,000 sq. ft., with an additional 1,400 sq. ft. with an optional mezzanine level that is under consideration. Approximately 3,000 sq. ft. (~4,500 sq.ft with the mezzanine) will be dedicated to the shelving of books and audio/video materials, in comparison to the current space's ~2,000 sq. ft. total space. It will include a children's area, a computer lab and free WiFi, study rooms, a meeting room, as well as a "living room" area for people to relax and read in the library.
Help us get funding!
The library will soon start an online fundraising project. More details as soon as we have them.
What's the status on the project?
Check out our timeline featuring key events in the project.
Why is a new library needed?
- The current location in the municipal building (built in 1978) has no room for expansion and was not designed for computers, which are an important part of a modern library, both for staff and patron use.
- We are to the point of having to remove old items (either permanently or placed in on-site storage) to make room for a new items.
- The shelves are overcrowded, making it difficult to keep items organized and easy to browse.
- There is very little space in the library to do something we consider very important -- relax and read.
- We do not have our own dedicated space for programming such as Story Time. We are currently using the Municipal Building's auditorium, but there are often conflicts in scheduling.
How much will it cost?
With the mezzanine level included, the cost estimate is currently $1.7 million.
Where will the money come from?
Primarily through grant writing and local donations -- both cash and "in-kind" donations (materials and services donated) will be needed. At this time, the City of Whitewright is continuing to support the library by paying staff salaries and overhead costs, and we will also be able to take advantage of some cost savings due to being a City department, but no funds are coming directly from the City for the building project.
How can I help?
We're currently accepting donations to the building fund. These can be general donations or memorial donations. We're also selling bricks that will be included in the sidewalk of the new building. If you know of any funding sources (such as a foundation or matching funds program where you work), please let us know. Local support is very important for this project.