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The library’s current downtown location, public support and its daily hours of operation were all listed as strengths.
The library’s current downtown location, public support and its daily hours of operation were all listed as strengths.
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May 23, 2017

Study Recommends Relocating Spearfish Library in Near Future

A recent study conducted by consulting firm TSP in Rapid City recommended that the City of Spearfish will soon need a larger library outside of its current location within city hall, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The City of Spearfish allocated $17,000 for the study and received a proposal in the amount of $16,000 from TSP to issue the report.

The study included an analysis of the library’s strengths and weaknesses and made recommendations for future programming, construction and site locations. The library’s current downtown location, public support and its daily hours of operation were all listed as strengths. Challenges included limited parking, limited storage space, and a lack of areas for outdoor programming.

Initial construction estimates for the new facility range from $5.8 to $6.2 million. Equipment, building fixtures and furnishings land at an estimated $360,000-$450,000 The estimated budget does not include the cost of purchase for the building site, demolition, landscaping or other fees.

The Spearfish City Council approved the recommendations from the report at its May 15 meeting. The planning study was completed as part of the city’s strategic plan which includes a provision to “grow the library system to meet the ongoing demands of the community.”  

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