Library Expansion

  1. Consultant for Needs Assessment

    The process has begun to find a consultant to conduct a needs assessment for the library. nce the selection is made the assessment should be completed within four months. Read on...
  2. City Rejects Bid & Agrees to Pursue Needs Assessment

    The Library Commission presented their recommendation to the City Council to reject the current bid of $320,000 to complete the proposed expansion in favor of conducting a needs assessment and proposing a different plan for expansion. Read on...
  3. Library Receives Generous Gift in Memory of Bent E Petersen

    Marg Peterson has generously gifted $150,000 and an extensive private library collection to the Library in memory her husband, Bent E. Petersen. Read on...
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Detailed History

On July 12, 2017, the City Council passed a motion to move the Library to the 501 Building.   A new 2+2 Committee was formed consisting of two Councilors and two Library Commission members to develop ideal plans for a Library in the 501 Building.

Major steps in the process included:

  • November 2017:  Grant Writer, Meredith Howell, with support from the Friends of the Yachats Library, proposed a series of grants to help defray the costs of moving the Library.
  • December 2017-February 2018: Council and 2+2 Committee worked out lines of communications and funding plans and use of the Hall Bequest Funds in the project.
  • Spring 2017: Structural assessment made on 501 Building and current Library Building.  Cracks in 501 Building foundation noted which will need further assessment and repair.  Cracks were sanded and filled in June.
  • July 2018: Estimates to move to 501 Building were upwards of $750,000.  2+2 Committee reconvened to explore options to both expand the current Library building  and make a more economical move to the 501 Building.
  • October 2018: The City received conceptual drawings for five versions of having the Library in the 501 Building and five versions of expanding the current Library building.
  • November 2018: The Library Commission recommended to only pursue expansion of the current Library building.