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Bondurant, Iowa Community Library doubles in size with $ 3 million renovation

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Bondurant Public Library has doubled in size to keep pace with a rapidly growing community this year.

Renovations to the building, located at 104 2nd St. NE, take its footprint from about 7,000 to about 14,000 square feet, with more space for gatherings, group work, storage and programming – and Current structure, when it was built in 2008, was already nearly four times the size of the city’s previous library.

Bondurant’s population has grown by more than 3,500 people over the past 10 to 12 years, nearly doubling between the 2010 and 2020 censuses.

“It was becoming evident that the city was growing so rapidly,” said Jill Sanders, director of the library, “and we had to start thinking about an extension or a new building of some type.”

The library’s board of directors prepared the architectural drawings in time for voters to overwhelmingly approve a sales tax on local options in 2019, with nearly 80% of votes in favor of the measure. Sixty percent of the revenue will go to property tax relief and 40% will be spent on capital projects.

The library got the first dibs and construction started in October 2020. The library never closed during staged construction, and a tape cut occurred in September.

The expanded library now includes new meeting and work spaces, a new floor plan with more widely spaced books, a new space for teens, a creative space for different programming and for people to learn trades like teaching. sewing, charging stations, computers and more.

Some grants, notably from Facebook, as well as community fundraisers were also allocated to the project, but most of the funds came from the sales tax on local options. The city budgeted around $ 3 million for the expansion, according to city documents.

“It made a huge difference,” Sanders said. She said the number of visitors and traffic were also on the rise.

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Other works of art are also on display, including works by Christian Vandehaar, an art teacher at Bondurant-Farrar High School, and a new collage of historic photos from around the city that found homes in the main hallway near the entrance. In the future, the art exhibition in the hallway will focus on local artists.

Some final pieces of the renovation project still need to be tightened, especially with delivery fixtures and furniture that were delayed due to supply chain issues.

But the library is open – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays – has expanded its hours of operation to be open from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays and is looking to hire more staff to cover extended evening hours in the future .

Chris Higgins covers the Eastern Suburbs for the registry. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @chris_higgins_.