Lori Romero, director of the White Pine County Library, along with the other staff, unveiled the latest additions to the library at the recent open house.
Fundraising efforts started back in 2011, with the undertaking of raising $747,083 in order to fund the project. Local and out of town investors funded 53.2 percent of the project and the county provided the other 47 percent. Over $7,850 was raised for furniture and window coverings, and the Ely Lions Club donated the furniture for the meeting room. With a lot of perseverance and dedicated employees, six years later, construction began and was completed this summer.
The library boasts an extra 2,120 square feet of space. They extended the meeting room space so that the meeting room area can be utilized as two separate meeting areas if needed. Video conferencing ability is available, making it a great location to hold trainings, presentations, or meetings with agencies or companies in other parts of the state and United States.
“This opens up opportunity to different groups who need the space to hold a meeting,” Romero said,
In addition, two study rooms were added to the library. With a table, chairs and bookshelf in each room, these rooms have ample room for any person needing the quiet area and space to continue their study efforts.
The Cooperative Extension office now has three offices located in the library as well. The Co-op office was combined with the library when the annex building was demolished years ago.
The handicap access was one of the major renovations. The handicap entrance is now located at the back of the building where handicap parking is located. Push button access was installed to make entry more convenient for those that needed access to that area.
The library is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the first and third Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information and upcoming events, check them out on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/White-Pine-County-Library