The Portage District Library is renovating and expanding its building!
The library is closed while we move to a temporary location.
The Portage District Library building at 300 Library Lane was first built in 1976. In 1996, due to the community’s growth, the Library went through its first significant renovation, which created the atrium and added space to the lower level. Much has changed in the 25 years since the last renovation and the library building is in need of some updates.
In 2016 and 2017, the Portage District Library Board and Staff created a strategic plan to guide the Library’s work as an essential resource in our community. This process included community and staff focus groups, patron surveys, and interviews with local leaders. Using the information collected as a guide, the Library Board and Library Administrative Staff also worked with a facilitator to update our mission statement, clarify our vision for the Library’s future, and reflect on our organization’s values. Adding new services our patrons requested, updating infrastructure, and expanding the Library building to accommodate our growing community were identified as crucial steps to continuing our impact in the future.
The Library determined that to renovate our building, it would need additional funds. At the November election in 2019, Portage voters supported a request to increase the Library’s millage by 0.5 mills for ten years.
Since accomplishing the millage increase, the Library Board and staff have been working with the Architecture firm C2AE to design a facility that will achieve our strategic plan’s goals. These plans include a robust set of improvements to our facility’s layout, increased space for collections and services, and upgrades to existing areas.
The Library will close for approximately a month from April 12th to May 10th, 2021, as we move our entire collection to our temporary location at 5528 Portage Road. While this closure will temporarily inconvenience our community, our construction team has assured us that moving will reduce the number of days we need to be closed if we remain in our building during construction.
Services at our temporary location will include access to the majority of our collection, computer and Wi-Fi access, copy, fax, print, scan, and virtual programs.
The Library will continue to waive overdue fines on all returned materials while we are at our temporary location.
Construction is scheduled to be completed at our current facility in April 2022. At that time, the temporary location will close and the Library will resume services at the newly renovated facility at 300 Library Lane.
“We are thrilled to be in a position to design a library for the future.” Library Director Christy Klien states. “Our patrons value education, life-long learning, and growing together as a community, and we are happy to be part of designing a space where that can happen.”