KRUM — Citypublic library officials are in the process of hiring a consultant who will determine how much it will cost to construct a new, larger library.
For years, library officials have said they needed more building space to accommodate their reading programs and services, which the city has outgrown.
“We’re at the point that when a new book comes in, we have to take an older one off the shelf,” said Donna Pierce, library director. “I don’t want to take Shakespeare off the shelf just because he isn’t circulating as much as newer books.”
The current library is housed in an estimated 2,400-square-foot facility that has little room for maneuvering around bookcases and shelves.
According to library officials, they are considering constructing a 13,000-square-foot building, which is more than five times the current building’s size.
Library officials gave a presentation to council members Monday about starting a campaign to raise funds for the new library. During the meeting, council members accepted the idea of the campaign and gave Pierce the go ahead to find a consultant.
“We’re looking over a consultant’s contract now,” Pierce said. “I’m just looking over the details before council approves it.”
Krum City Council members approved the temporary appointment of a consultant, who will outline a campaign timeline. Pierce said she hopes to have the consultant appointed by the next council meeting Jan. 7.
Pierce said she believes the fundraising campaign could take up to three years.
She said hiring a consultant is the first step of the process. She said the next step will involve the consultant estimating how much it would cost to construct the building and then finding sources of revenue.
Early figures estimate that the new building could cost between $3.5 million and $4.5 million, which includes all construction, furnishings and computers.
“I’m hoping we can find big donors willing to help us out,” she said.
About four years ago, the Krum school district donated land located near Krum Middle School to the city for the new library.
“The school district made a generous donation and it is a big help,” Pierce said.
Pierce said the new library could also serve as a meeting area for local organizations and groups.
“We currently don’t have a meeting place in town and I’m hoping by having more space, we accommodate everyone,” she said.
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