La Crosse Public Library proposals could bring major changes

Director of La Crosse Public Library Kelly Krieg-Sigman says when it comes to improvements, there’s always room.

Two parts of a request for proposal could bring major changes to the city’s south side and downtown libraries.

The first part, would be to make use of a 10,000 square foot space at the downtown location, which used to house the Historical Society.

“Determine through a variety of methods and sessions what is needed, what isn’t needed, what departments might need more space,” Kelly said.

The second part of the proposal, explores the options of remodeling or rebuilding the existing south side library and adding a senior center.

Kelly says combining the two would be beneficial for a few reasons.

“We can share those costs, and guarantee sustainability in keeping a south branch library presence in that neighborhood.”

Built in 1952, she says the south branch library is in major need of maintenance.

“I’m in favor of whatever will get us to the place where at the end of it, we have a design, that the entire community can be proud of and point to as a real accomplishment.”

She says a detailed plan for both libraries is necessary for the community as a whole.

“This has been a very, in my estimation, thorough and thoughtful process responding to a huge need.”

There is no clear timeline in terms of when changes would be, but directors are hoping by 2020, there will be a set plan.

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