Building Marion's Future

Facility Needs Assessment

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When Marion conducted a community visioning process called Imagine8, expansion of the current library was identified as one of the eight most important projects needed to realize the future of Marion as one of Iowa’s fastest growing citiesLast year, the Board of Trustees created a committee that included representatives from the Board and the community to identify current building issues and features most needed in a new library. You can find the entire list in the Facility Needs Assessment (pdf).

Cost Benefit Site Analysis

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The Cost Benefit Site Analysis for the library building project includes an examination of how the site analysis fits into a broader service plan; an explanation of the site comparison system; a discussion of funding strategies; and a detailed analysis and value comparison of the site options the study team was asked to evaluate. An appendix offers a detailed presentation of the site evaluation criteria, their importance rank, and the reason for their ranking. Download the full Cost Benefit Site Analysis (pdf), or read just the Executive Summary (pdf).
 
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

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The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) asks Development Teams to offer us a vision of a mixed-use library facility that would include residential and retail components. We want to make sure they have the skills, personnel, and resources to do the job as well as the capital required for the investment. Our goal is to determine the feasibility of a project that will provide Marion with a library expansion, reduce library construction costs, grow Marion’s property tax base, and contribute to our community’s economic development. Download the Request for Qualifications (pdf).

News

We've been introducing some changes in Your Library. It's no secret that we're out of our space in our current building.   In order to better curate your library experience, you'll see us clearing, cleaning and rearranging a bit. Our collection, services and programs will continue to meet your... Read More
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10:14am
New Marion library still chapters away. Busy facility expected to outgrow its new space, too. By Molly Duffy, The Gazette Friday, November 30, 2018
Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 - 8:08am
Change is the only constant, for all of us. Here at the Marion Public Library, this truth is no different.  Have you visited us recently and found a chair in a different spot? Have you noticed that some of our displays have changed spaces? There's a reason for that and we want to talk about it.  We... Read More
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 11:39am