What Your Expanded Library Will Offer

Comparison of the Existing Library and the Expanded and Transformed Library

Comparison of Existing Library and Expanded & Transformed Library

Engaging the Community, Promoting Learning

Campaign Booklet

New Children's Early Learning Wing


The Outdoor Event Space

Funded by the 100 Extraordinary Women Campaign


The New Makerspace


New Meeting Rooms

The New Entrance


Capital Campaign

Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Expansion and Renovation

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is embarking on a Capital Campaign to raise $2,500,000 which, with $3,000,000 from the City of Whitewater, will fund an expansion adding 4,400 additional square feet, and a renovation of the existing space. The transformed library will:

  • Offer expanded early learning areas, including play centers and places to gather
  • Offer engaging teen and pre-teen spaces,
  • Offer an expanded Makerspace area and upgraded technology to allow people to create, design, and learn 21st-century skills,
  • Offer expanded large and small meeting, study, and collaboration spaces,
  • Provide an inviting entryway that leads into a large meeting room to host community events,
  • Offer expanded areas of informal seating for reading, studying, and socializing,
  • Offer outdoor tables and spaces for community members to utilize the Internet even when the library is not open,
  • Provide additional accessibility to materials and the opportunity for community residents to learn the latest technology, among other valuable skills,
  • Provide much more natural light and upgraded facilities.

Revised Cost Estimate

August 2022

Project Cost Revisions Due to Inflation

Presentation to the Common Council

December 2021

Proposed Design & Costs

Library Project Impact on City's Capital Improvement Plan

December 2021

City Finance Director Presentation

StudioGC architecture + interiors Selected

Fall 2020

Request for Qualifications Submission