25: East Side Public Library Project

East Side Public Library Site Selection Criteria & Programming Public Input Results

The Athens-Clarke County residents were given the opportunity to provide input on site selection criteria and other elements of a new public library branch on the east side of the community.  

Public input through the on-line survey closed October 7. Survey results and public comments on the Site Selection Criteria and Project Concept are available on the East Side Public Library Comments dashboard.

The public will also have the opportunity to suggest potential sites for the library during the site selection process. After public feedback on site selection criteria ends, staff will present recommended site selection criteria to the project user group and the Mayor and Commission later this fall in order to begin evaluating sites that meet the criteria. 

Additional public input opportunities are planned as the project moves through additional phases for site selection and design.

Project Statement

This project will provide funding for land acquisition, design, construction, and/or equipping of a facility and/or renovations, improvements, additions to, and equipping of an existing facility for the purpose of extending library services to county residents on the east side of Athens-Clarke County. 

This annex facility would be a full-service library consistent with the level of resources and services provided at other similarly situated public libraries in the county. Depending upon costs and funding availability, the facility may include, but not be limited to, spaces such as meeting rooms, study rooms, children’s area, teen area, popular reading space, computer spaces, a creation space complete with digital and modern technology, innovative spaces and technology, and associated parking and general infrastructure to support the facility. 

This project may also provide funding for the purchase of enhanced technology, access improvements for the disabled, and purchase of library resources for the Athens-Clarke County Libraries. Additionally, to the extent allowed by law, funds may be used as matching funds for leveraging grant opportunities.

East Side Library Work Session Presentation to the Mayor & Commission - September 13, 2022

Estimated Cost:  
SPLOST 2020 Budget
Estimated Annual Operating Impact