El Paso Plans for Library Expansion

By WEEK Reporter

El Paso Plans for Library Expansion

July 6, 2011 Updated Jul 6, 2011 at 3:44 PM CDT

The historic architectural appeal of the El Paso library is apparent.  With its sand colored bricks, long, castle-like windows and quaint exterior, the building has proven landmark status. 

But if there's one thing the building lacks, it's space. 

Members of the El Paso Library Board say an expansion project was proposed after the building struggled to hold the overflow of books and patrons.  

Library board President Stephen Schaefer says the community has shown strong support for the project. 

"After years of planning, the whole board is very excited to see the project moving forward," said Schaefer.  "The board is confident that El Paso residents and library patrons will pitch in to make this project happen."

Construction is slated to begin in early 2012 and includes plans for a larger children's area, community meeting areas, and additional shelving for books and other media.  In whole, the board plans to spend $1.5 million to make the plans a reality. 

The board says they plan to use funds and community contributions for the project in order to avoid a tax hike.  

With greater accessibility and adaquate room for patrons and materials, the library expansion may be El Paso book-lovers' most favorite chapter yet.



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