In 2022, Shorewood's Village Center - the building housing Shorewood Public Library - celebrates 20 years.
While much of the library's interior is still in excellent condition, and we've systematically replaced soft furnishings over the past few years, the carpets and restrooms have deteriorated through the years and now need to be refurbished. This presents an opportunity to reimagine the library's spaces completely.
In 2020, the library contracted with HGA to create a Renovation Master Plan. In the course of creating this plan, HGA worked closely with our existing data - including community, staff, and trustee feedback gathered for the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan and Facilities Plan - and conducted additional community conversations. The result was a floor plan and budget for a future renovation.
On September 20, 2021, the Village Board unanimously moved to support the estimated $1.8 million library renovation including a commitment to provide village spaces for library services during the construction period. They also moved to spend no more than $35,000 in 2023 capital funds to resolve a known facility liability issue in the library and to have village staff support the library at various points in the renovation process.
The renovation will be almost exclusively funded by the Lange Bequest.
Because the Library is housed in a Village of Shorewood building, there may be opportunities for the Village of Shorewood to contribute funding for portions of the renovation, particularly those involving building mechanical elements which serve the entire facility.