July 2022 Update
As the cornerstone of historic Main Street, the Vaughn Library welcomes residents and visitors into the community. Built in 1888, the Vaughn has stood for 134 years as a public place, dedicated to enriching lives through learning.
Please take a moment to view a CBS Sunday Morning seven minute piece on the 21st Library.
Engberg Anderson Architects and the Vaughn Library Steering Committee with public input have developed a renovation plan for the Vaughn. The design plan addresses overdue lighting, electrical and HVAC systems and foundation repair. It integrates energy efficiencies while restoring historic details such as Main Street & Vaughn Ave entrances. Structurally, there are necessary changes to keep pace with the library as a people centered place. Creating more collaborative space and connecting the first and second floors with an open stairway to gain maximum use of the floor plan, transform the Vaughn into a bright, responsive public sphere for current and future generations.
The funding for the Vaughn renovation will begin with a capital campaign launching in the fall of 2022. Federal and state grants will also be a part of the funding plan.
Meet with the Architects February 2nd, 5:00 pm at the Library (2nd floor community meeting room).
4th Option Plans with details February 2, 2022
Architects Alex Ramsey and Joselia Mendiolea presented three draft floor plans for discussion. After two days of public input, a fourth plan emerged (soon to be posted here). That plan will continue to be refined in the next months. Below is a shortened version of the presentation and the plans.
The framework for this hour-long session is “Keep, Toss, Create”. Together, we will identify the spaces and services that are a “must keep” for the library, it wouldn’t be the same without them! Then consider what services at the VPL are no longer effective or necessary. And finally, what’s missing? What kinds of space and services should be created to meet community needs?