Lincoln is getting a new state-of-the-art library
by Elsie Hodnett
LINCOLN – The City is getting a much-needed larger, state-of-the-art library.

The City Council unanimously voted to award construction of the new library to Murray Building Company Inc. in the amount of $1,046,002 at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“That number includes construction of the library and alternate 1, to repair the parking lot between the library and the police department and the area people think is part of Hood Avenue, but is actually the city’s parking lot,” said Mayor Bud Kitchin. “We will basically have a whole new parking lot with striping.”

Kitchin said demolition of the old city hall and fire station, which is where the new library will sit, is scheduled to start April 1. The demolition is a 14-day project.

“Construction of the library starts on the heels of the demolition of the old city hall and fire station,” he said. “They will have 210 days for construction and hopefully it will be a Christmas present to Lincoln, if all goes as planned.”

Kitchin said the current library is 2,000 square feet. The new library is 7,500 square feet, nearly four times larger.

“The library currently has 13 computers,” he said. “The media center in the new library can accommodate 30 computers, and we will add more computers as we are able.

Kitchin said the new library has a community meeting room with serving kitchen, public restrooms, a children’s area, a teen Internet area, a book drop, lots of natural light through windows and is fully handicapped-accessible.

Councilwoman Sadie Britt said the city has been working on a new library for many years.

“I served on the library board, then when I was elected to the city council I became the liaison for the library board,” she said. “We are very excited to see it coming true. I feel the library is a very important part of the community. There is nothing like giving a child the opportunity to check out a book and read, and the library also provides Internet access, educational programs and a wide variety of other benefits.”

In other matters Tuesday, the council:

• Held a public meeting to discuss Community Development Block Grants.

• Approved a motion to move the storm shelter site back to the original site across from the police station at the corner of Hood Avenue and the city’s parking lot.

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