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Library breaks down for new addition

by Christina Nelson

The Douglas County Public Library broke ground Thursday morning for a new addition to the library expected to be completed in about three months.

“It’s wonderful. It’s going to make such a difference to the town, the people,” said Linda Deacy, director of the Douglas County Library. “We just don’t have walking space in there anymore.”

The new addition will hold the library’s reference materials, quiet reading areas and Nevada materials.

It will expand almost out to the current parking lot. Four lots south of the library have been purchased to build a larger parking lot and add some new landscaping.

The plans will go to bid next Thursday and construction is expected to start Sept. 15. Once it gets going, the construction should take 90 to 100 days.

“This community has been hit with such an enormous amount of growth that it’s been hard for all public agencies to keep up,” Deacy said.

The addition will cost $425,000.

Library trustees have been working on getting the new expansion approved since 1993.

New books will not be added to the new space, instead, the expansion will allow for more movement within the library. The library usually spends about $120,000 on new books each year, Deacy said.

Deacy said the library staff has been piling books in corners and wherever they can find room.

The new expansion will add an extra 3,800 square feet bringing the total library space to 15,000 square feet.

“To support this is exactly what needs to be done to remain the unique community that we are,” said Dave Sheets, chairman of the Minden Town Board.