The City of Siloam Springs recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the new Siloam Springs Library. A newly constructed 18,5000 square foot, $4.7 million dollar building opened March 7, 2016. The four-year journey to a new library involved feasibility studies starting in 2012, Board approval for budgeting in, staff research and input, public work sessions and meetings, conceptual designs and more.
Measurable statics have increased since the opening of the Library. Patron visits have increase 59%, program attendance is up 61%, item check outs increased 31% and computer use is up 45%. Staff has also increased the amount of programming 46% by adding a bi-lingual program, more teen programing and an additional adult reading group.
The (three-times larger than previous space) Siloam Springs Public Library includes a teen area, a children’s area and reading room, six study/work rooms, expansive main floor area for adult reading, a cozy nook for periodicals and reference materials plus a wing dedicated to public use. This public use area holds two rooms that can hold 100 and 50 respectively, but can also be combined to host larger meetings. The nonprofit group the Friends of the Library also has its own store in the public wing of the building. Outside you can enjoy the back balcony overlooking downtown or the west patio featuring a gas fireplace.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held April 20, 2015; construction began May 15, 2015; staff moved into the space February 22, 2016 and the grand opening celebration was help Monday, March 7, 2016.
The Siloam Springs Public Library is located at 205 E. Jefferson, Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761.
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