Appleton Public Library Building Process

Building Process Timeline

2008: Building and Services Study
The 2008 building and services study reviewed and analyzed the existing facility, gathering input and data from 1,000 Appleton area residents. Ultimately the study recommended a construction of a new facility as the best option in terms of delivering maximum efficiency and the amenities most desired by the public.

The 2008 study also included:
• A rejection of the creation of branch libraries due to increased operational costs and the need to duplicate core services.
• A recommendation of expanding public meeting spaces with access after hours.
• A recommendation to implement radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
• A recommendation to upgrade the technological infrastructure.
• A recommendation to start replacing furniture throughout the library.

We have implemented all of the short-term recommendations from this study (listed above).

2009: Program Design Study
The 2009 program design study created a detailed inventory of the library using the goals of the 2008 building and services study. The results of the study were tested with conceptual designs for a new facility and an expansion of the current facility. The final recommendation in the 2009 program design study was a construction of a new facility in order to facilitate community education and public gatherings, expand public access to collections and technology, and build a commitment to learning with maximum efficiency while reducing operational costs.

2012-2013: Community-Based Planning
Starting in 2012, we began a community-based planning process.

The process included:
• A total of 20 Community Conversations where the public was invited to talk about their hopes and dreams for the future of Appleton.
• Two public presentations by experts in the fields of urban planning and visioning.
• Staff member presentations about the future of library services.
• A 10 member Community Advisory Committee which helped build our vision and strategies.

The 2012-2013 community-based planning resulted in our new strategic plan that leads us into the 21st century, embracing both the changes in modern library service as well as the enduring values of a public library.

2014: Program Design Study
Architectural firm Engberg Anderson was hired to update the program design study they completed for us in 2009. The design was updated with new collection numbers and to reflect the changes that have occurred in library service over the last five years.

The updated program design study recommended:
• An increase in building size from 86,000 to 120,000 sq ft.
• An option to include the City of Appleton Parks and Recreation space.

2014: Site Selection Process
Through a series of interviews with stakeholders in the community, several potential sites for the library were identified, including the current site.

Sites identified by the stakeholders were ranked on a matrix and weighed with factors including, but not limited to:
• Size of lot
• Access
• Perception of safety
• Operational efficiency
• Site geometry

After the list of sites were scored, the top three ranking sites were evaluated extensively. Tuesday, April 15 during the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, Trustees voted unanimously in favor of the recommendation to move forward with more in-depth evaluation of site 3C (existing Trinity Lutheran/Fox Banquets & Rivertyme Catering).

2014: Concept and Budget Development
A series of concepts were developed by Engberg Anderson, the same firm that updated the program design study. The concepts were developed in order to be able to provide a realistic budget for library administration to bring to the Mayor. The concepts were approved unanimously by the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees during the September Board Meeting.

2014: Budget
Wednesday, November 12, the City of Appleton Common Council approved the Mayor's 2015 budget, which included $5 million in Capital Improvement Project funds for the library.

For a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to the building and site selection process, please visit our FAQ page. If you have a question that is not on the list, please call us at (920) 832-6170.

Tuesday, April 15 during the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees April Board Meeting, Trustees voted unanimously in favor of the recommendation of the final site for the future of Appleton Public Library facility to be site 3C (existing Trinity Lutheran/Fox Banquets & Rivertyme Catering).