Superior Public Library helps people in northern Wisconsin achieve personal and community growth by encouraging young readers, inspiring imagination at all ages, and connecting citizens with one another and the broader world.
In 2013 the Library Board developed a 5-year strategic plan which included several service goals we found difficult to achieve using our current building design, particularly in the area of Youth Services. The board contracted with the design firm MSR to conduct a space use study in 2014. MSR outlined places where existing space could be used more efficiently. At the same time, the City Building Inspector notified us that the portico outside the entrance had structural problems and should be taken down. The Library Board sought estimates for a "moderate intervention" remodel incorporating the recommended changes and a new entrance. In 2016 the library requested and was granted funding from the City's Capital Improvement Program for the project.
What are the major issues with the current library?
- Children’s area is very small. Spaces are cramped with narrow aisles and there is not enough programming or shelving space. The children’s restroom is not ADA compliant.
- The portico over the entrance is structurally unsound and expensive to fix. The entrance doors are old and let in cold and heat. A new, more secure, observable and energy-efficient entrance location was recommended.
- Sightlines are restricted; monitoring is difficult.
- Shelving is too high for patrons to reach easily.
- There are not enough mid-size meeting rooms to meet our community demand. Programming areas throughout are limited.
- Carpeting and furniture are worn and dated. New furniture is needed for flexibility in programming and services.