Library Renewal Project

The Library Renewal Project

A strong foundation, planning for the future.

The Goals of the Library Renewal Project are to:

  • Form a vision of what Fergus Falls area citizens want and need from the library.
  • Assess the future viability of the current library building.
  • Determine the next steps and the costs for achieving the community's vision.

Forming the Vision . . .

Beginning in February of 2012 the Library Renewal Task Force consisting of community members, Library Board members, City Council members and the Library Director conducted focus groups, a community-wide survey and library staff interviews to form a vision of what Fergus Falls area citizens want and need from their public library.Task Force findings indicate improved library facilities are needed to provide appropriate spaces for all users and offer important traditional and emerging library services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

You can read the Task Force's Needs Assessment here or pick up a print copy at the library. Click here here for the complete survey results.During the November 18, 2013, City Council meeting, the Council accepted the Needs Assessment and authorized moving to Phase II of the Library Renewal Project.

Phase II

During Phase II, The Selection Committee will conduct the search for an architect and library planning team. This Project Team will conduct a facilities analysis to help determine how the library can move forward with achieving the community's vision.

Members of the Selection Committee include: Stephanie Goerger Sandahl (Friends of the Library), David Grotberg (Library Renewal Task Force), Solveig Halbakken (Library Foundation), Tom Rufer (Library Board), Peg Werner (Viking Library System), Gordon Hyduckovich (Community Development Director), Erin Smith (Library Director) and ex-officio members Jay Cichosz (City Council) and Dan Edwards (City Engineer).

For more information on the Library's Renewal Project, contact Erin Smith, Library Director (332-5776)