What's the background on the Your Library Renewed campaign?
Prior to asking voters to consider increasing support for the St. Louis County Library District, the library engaged in a strategic planning process that included the development of the original facilities plan beginning in 2007. This process relied heavily on input from the communities served by the Library District. In 2011, SLCL commissioned an architectural and engineering survey to update the 2008 facilities plan by evaluating existing branch facilities and establishing a plan to make sure that we are able to meet the needs and expectations of our patrons into the future. The resulting Facilities Master Plan has been the guiding document for the capital improvement projects.
Now that voters have approved additional resources to implement the capital improvement projects, what happens next?
The Facilities Master Plan established an initial framework and timeline for implementing improvements throughout the County Library District. Library staff have revised the plan as needed.
Broken down into phases, the implementation of the Master Plan will be carried out in a fashion that minimizes disruptions to patrons during renovations at existing branches or construction of new facilities.
We anticipate that full implementation of the Master Plan may take as long as 10 years, during which time every branch facility (except the Eureka Hill location) will receive significant upgrades and improvements.
What is the current implementation schedule?
We are entering Phase I of the capital improvement project, which includes the following branches: Tesson Ferry, Lewis & Clark, Indian Trails, Jamestown Bluffs and Rock Road. While work is underway on Phase I, planning will begin for the implementation of subsequent phases, which will be implemented as we build our own internal capacity to manage each project with minimum disruption to our patrons.
How will I know when my own neighborhood branch will see improvements?
Continue to check the Your Library Renewed website for project updates.
What are all these improvements costing taxpayers, and how do I know that my tax dollars aren't being wasted?
SLCL staff will provide periodic updates on both the work in-progress, and how we are managing the capital improvement budget approved by our Board of Directors, and funded by the proceeds of Proposition L.
In addition, each year the District will post our annual budget and the audited financial statements on the SLCL website. The annual budget indicates the dollars expected to be spent for our capital improvement program and the audit proves our financial accountability.