Cambridge considers library needs and future vision

At its July 15, 2013, meeting the Cambridge City Council approved a contract with Leo A Daly, a planning, architecture, and engineering firm, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the current Cambridge Public Library facility and the identification of community needs for library services.

The assessment includes engaging the community, library administration, and staff in the identification of library needs. The goal is to determine whether the existing library building meets the community’s present and future needs and if the existing building can’t meet those needs what does a new building look like. The assessment will help determine the proper library size, site features, parking and site size required for a future new library facility.

Meetings have been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, and Tuesday, Sept. 17, to receive community input on library needs.  Both sessions will be held at 7 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library in the Lower Level Meeting Room. This is the opportunity for library users and non-users alike to voice their ideas for the future of library services in Cambridge and Isanti County.

The library is a vital community asset. The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library urges everyone to become involved in determining its future. If you are unable to attend a meeting, an on-line survey will be available after Sept. 12 at The survey will remain open until Oct. 1, 2013.