Madison community helps to write a new chapter for a public library building

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MADISON, Ala. - It’s the start of a new chapter for the Madison City Public Library, a chapter that is being written with the help of community members. The city is working to build a new facility that doubles the size and functionality of the library.

Tuesday night, dozens of community members gathered to give their input into the city’s plan. The budget is made of city funds and library contributions, coming to a healthy $8-9 million dollars.

The current library was built in 1997 and is 15,000 square-feet. Since that time the population has doubled, and so has the need for growth to the facility.

“We can bring a lot of knowledge, experience and expertise to you and your community,” Said Principal HBM Architect on the project, Peter Bolek .  “We know about what’s happening all over the country.”

Bolek, and his team, have built libraries across the nation. Tuesday night he was in Madison working with the community to gather information for the library design.

Bolek presented work from other projects; technology areas, children zones, café and seating, display areas, creative space and more. Community members took note of the ideas and shared what they liked and dislike for the new design. The goal is to create a functional 21st century library that serves the communities customized needs and provides a space for growth in the future.

The city is looking for a space to build on now and construction is projected to begin in late fall of 2016.