Community Center with all of the features and benefits Lee needs ...

Quiet areas ...

to read and study.

A children's area

... that is colorful,spacious and right-sized.

Meeting Rooms ...

that are comfortable and available to the community, even after hours!

With space ...

to properly display the work of local artists

With room ...

that allows us to expand our collection to meet the changing needs of the community.

A place ...

that offers special programs just for teens!

Accessible ...

a place everyone can visit and enjoy.

Energy Efficient,

green and sustainable.

Thanks to the Lee Energy Committee for helping to Warm Up the Library, December 5, 2012

I like the library the way it is. Why do we need a large new building?

There simply isn’t enough space in our current library to adequately serve the population of Lee: for every new book the library acquires, one has to be weeded out. Our ability to offer programs is hindered by the lack of space. Instead of a Children’s Room, we have a “Children’s Corner”. We are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act – the meeting room is in the basement and is only accessible by a steep staircase. The current library has already been expanded twice – because of its proximity to the bog, there's no room to build yet another addition.

The size of the proposed library community center was determined through the use of several public library planning guides, including the 2006 report prepared for Lee by library building consultant Patience Jackson (available at the Lee Library) and what is commonly called The Wisconsin Study. This 2009 study recommends that library planning should be done for current and future (20 years is recommended) needs. The existing Lee Public Library building is 3,200 square feet, far below all national guidelines. Components of modern libraries include collection space, reader seating space, public access computer stations, meeting room and program space, small group study areas, children and teen areas and staff work space. Based on these needs and the current size of the collection, the recommended size for a new facility is 12,114 square feet for a town with Lee’s characteristics.

Even at 8,810 sq. ft, the current floor plan of the new Lee Public Library Community Center includes community space that can be used even when the library itself is closed. Architectural standards for accessibility in new construction, contained in Title III ADA (Americans with Disability Act 1990) Accessibility Guidelines are also followed. Our current library building has been out of compliance for almost a quarter century!

We need to have the foresight to envision and meet Lee’s needs well beyond its 250th anniversary in 2016.

Working together, Lee can build it