59: Athens-Clarke County Public Libraries

Project Description from submission form

The Athens-Clarke County Library is comprised of five facilities/branches.  These branches include the headquarters library on Baxter Street, the East Athens Resource Center, the Lay Park Resource Center, the Pinewoods Library, and the Winterville Library.  We have the proud distinction of being Georgia's Public Library of the Year.  Our 2020 SPLOST project will enable all of the Athens-Clarke County Libraries to continue to live up to those public expectations.  A successful library project will help us not only maintain our current levels of resources but to transform some of those resources into 21st-century use while expanding services to the east side of the county.  

The Athens-Clarke County Libraries Board of Trustees propose a SPLOST project to extend and enhance library services to county residents by adding a 20,000 square foot facility located on the east side of Athens, preferably in the Southeast Clarke Park district of the county.  This annex facility would be a full-service library including an opening day materials collection of 30,000 items available for circulation, meeting rooms, study rooms, children's area, teen area, popular reading space, internet computers and a 21st-century creation space complete with digital and cutting-edge technology.  We would expect to be open to the public 57 hours per week: 10:00 - 9:00 three days a week and 10:00 - 6:00 three days a week.  

Another aspect of this project is the continuation of capital assets in the forms of technology and resources for ACC libraries which will benefit the entire Athens-Clarke community. These are assets in the form of our materials, computers, and technology equipment which available for public use.  One of the areas in need of expansion is our electronic, digital and streaming collections.  More and more of our society is moving towards the use of electronic and digital resources in addition to print materials.  This project has incorporated the expected shifts and changes in the way residents will use the ACC library facilities and services.  

Estimated Cost:  
SPLOST 2020 Budget
$14,449,000
Estimated Annual Operating Impact
$753,000
Alternate Project Budget
$14,099,000
Alternate Estimated Annual Operating Impact
No change

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