The McCall Public Library is planning an expansion of its current library, built in 1972, to better serve McCall. This is a multi-year effort and we are on our way!
McCall’s population has nearly doubled since our library was built in 1972. In just the past 13 years circulation has increased by 82% and library program attendance has increased by an astounding 567%! Today the library simply cannot meet the needs of our growing community within its current footprint. We also need to modernize our library capabilities to bring 21 st century technologies to our many and diverse users. The futures of youth, the strength of our workforce and the quality of life in McCall is predicated on the support that the community provides for key educational infrastructure such as our library. We must expand to meet current and future demand.
In 2015 we hired Humphries-Poli Architects to help us explore our options for expansion. Our process involved extensive meetings to gather input from the McCall community. The architects provided 8 design options that were evaluated by the City Council. Of these options the community, the Library Board, the Library Expansion Committee, and the City Council all agreed that Option A best suited the community’s needs. To see the design study or the preferred option A, please follow the links below.
In the spring of 2017 the Library Board of Trustees began exploring funding options for the expansion. We built a team of Ambassadors to help share our project with the community. Do you believe that a library builds life-long learners, critical thinkers, and better citizens? Are you passionate about the future of our town and the legacy we desire for future generations? If so please join us in our efforts to expand the McCall Public Library!
In 2018, a group of volunteers created the McCall Public Library Foundation, a separate 501C(3) to support this campaign and future library needs. For more information: McCall Library Foundation Website
In 2019, the McCall City Council took several steps to make this dream a reality, including moving the Police Department off of the limited space at the downtown City Campus, renovating City Hall office space to accommodate staff from the Annex, adopting a City Campus Plan with the help of a citizen committee, and planning for the move of the Parks department out of the Annex.
The Library Expansion's Conceptual Plans have been revised many times in 2019 and continue to develop into an affordable library with the look and feel our community wants. Please see the latest here:
NEW! 2019 Conceptual Floor Plan_October 28.pdf
Click the button below to donate to the McCall Library Expansion Fund: