Springfield Seeks Public Input To Help Plan New Library

Jan 23, 2019

The Springfield Library has outgrown its space on the 2nd floor of the City Hall, a former shopping mall, where it’s been for 35 years.

The Springfield Library has been housed in the City Hall for 35 years.
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Emily David is the Director of the Springfield Public Library. She says the building does not accommodate modern technology. Plus they’re running out of space for their collections. She says people use libraries to find books and information, but the role of libraries has changed.

David: “We’ve really become more of a community gathering space. And over the last decade, we’ve seen a 500 percent increase in attendance at our programs.”

The city is looking to build a new library across the street on city-owned property at 4th and A. They are holding a series of public meetings. 

The first Springfield Public Library meeting is Monday January 28th at 6:30 in the library meeting room. Then: February 2nd at 3 p.m., February 13th at 11 a.m., and February 16th at 3 p.m.