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 135 years as a public place, dedicated to enriching lives through learning.

Not since the 1980s has there been a major capital investment in the Vaughn. Though the building has “good bones” it is overdue for electrical and HVAC systems replacements, in need of integrated energy efficiencies, including new windows and is overdue for foundation repair.

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, will transform the Vaughn into a bright, responsive public sphere for current and future generations.

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.

The Building Team is working with elected officials to create a plan for funding Phase One of the project which is a high impact transformation of the first and second floors, including sprinklers, HVAC, electric, plumbing, second floor windows and finishes. The cost of Phase One is $4.2M in 2023-24 dollars.

June 2023