Case Statement

Branch Library Improvements

A total of 16,800 square feet will be added to four existing branches, and two new libraries will be constructed to replace the current facilities at Elk Valley and Marmet.

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Cross Lanes Library: The current building, opened in 1999, has experienced increasing demand and usage as the area has grown. An additional 2,000 square feet will provide more shelving, expand the children's area, and provide more space for computers.

Dunbar Library: The Dunbar Library, opened in 1976, lacks sufficient space to meet the current community's varied needs. Approximately 2,400 square feet will be added to the 8,600 square feet in the current building. A reconfiguration of the meeting room will allow more than one group to use the space simultaneously, and increased space in the children's area and more computers will be added. An upgrade to the HVAC system will increase the building's efficiency, and a new entryway from the parking lot is planned.

St. Albans Library: Currently the largest branch library, St. Albans Library circulates more materials to more patrons than any other branch. Renovations and the addition of 9,500 square feet will make the building more efficient and enhance the children's area, add computer space, and create better storage and workstations.

Sissonville Library: The Sissonville Library opened in 2001 and is a popular facility. An additional 1,500 square feet will result in a larger children's area, more computers, and additional shelving.

New Libraries

Elk Valley Library: The first project of the capital campaign–the new Elk Valley Branch opened in August 2011. The branch, which had been located in a former church building for more than 30 years, moved to a one-story, 8,500-square-foot building at The Crossings mall in Elkview. Patronage and circulation have soared in the new location.

Marmet Library: The current building, opened in 1980, has only 429 square feet and serves residents in the towns of Marmet and Chesapeake and the adjacent unincorporated areas. The size of the building has limited services and makes it impossible to offer programs. Eager for a new library, the town of Marmet has donated land to KCPL to construct a 5,500 square foot building with a children's area, community meeting space, more computers, greater seating capacity and more shelving space.