City of Ashland voters passed the April 2nd referendum by 138 votes.

What happens next? 

In a nutshell, the City, represented by the Vaughn Library, will engage the architect to begin creating a more detailed floorplan that will lead to the bid package.  Once the bids are returned and accepted, we will begin the actual constrution.  The library will operate on one floor while the other floor is under remodel and swap places as things are completed.  At this time we plan no disruption of library service and ask for forgiveness as things will get “messy” once we are underway.  Our capital campaign and grant writing team will be working in the background to raise funds for the historic entrances and the third floor meeting rooms.  

What is the Timeline?

This is a guesstimation, but the bid package will probably go out in the late fall with construction beginning in early 2025.  Look for updates here as we have a better understanding of precise dates.  The goal is to keep everyone informed and of course excited about the project!

The Benefits of Phase One:

  • Improved efficiencies in lighting, heating and cooling, electricity and connectivity
  • A welcoming community gathering place inspiring exploration, creativity and collaboration
  • Improved security through centrally located librarians, more visibility and open space
  • A robust wireless and wired network and hardware for those who need access for employment, school and connecting with friends and family far away
  • Specific space for families with young children and for teens
  • More space for library collections with easier access for browsing and discovery
  • Maximized use of the building for community events, small-group work and learning
  • Meeting space with built in technology to support dynamic communications