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McCall City Council approves revamped library plans

The McCall City Council approved the library expansion project.

Earlier this year BoiseDev told you about the library bond passing. The bond will cost taxpayers $4.2 million, and the total cost of the upgrade was estimated at $6.5 million. It was later estimated that the library would cost about $500,000 or 7.5% more.

The current library was built in 1972 and is about 4,200 square feet. The new building would be 12,000 square feet and two-story.

Base Camp

Dennis Humphries of RATIO and the library’s architect told the council they are calling the first-floor base camp. 

“The first floor is kind of the active, noisy area where we’re calling it a base camp as you walk in,” he said. “And there’ll be a maker space of the areas for people to drop in and leave, use computers, staff areas will be on this floor, as well as the young adult and the children’s library down on this level. “

Also included on the first floor would be a friend of the library bookstore. 

Humphries said the first floor will have stairs that connect to the second and also access into the current library that would have a community room and seating for about 100 people. 

He said they are converting an area of the library into a Parks and Recreation Department space.

“In the upper left corner of the existing library will be for the Parks Department,” Humphries said. “And this will be a pretty unique opportunity where citizens can come into this space and pick up backpacks or other types of equipment that the recreation department loans out. So this truly will be an opportunity for citizens to come into the library and get books, get videos, get whatever information they want, as well as physically checking out the equipment that the recreation department lends out.”

Floor Two

[McCall voters passed a library bond in May. The project will go over budget]

Humphries told the council the second floor is the ‘quieter zone’ and guests will find most book collections there and study rooms.

“So you’ll come up a stair here and there’ll be another service desk up here, and we will have fiction nonfiction,” he said. “The library director will have her office here in the corner. We’ll have public computers up here. We’ll have a pair of restrooms up in this level and we’ll have three study rooms. One that is larger, that could be subdivided and later date if need for having more study rooms. And actually, the last study room were calling a wellness room. So there could be a variety of activities taking place in there.”

There would also be an Idaho room with books written by Idaho authors and other local maps and newspapers. 

The library is not expected to be complete for a couple of years.

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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at autum@boisedev.com.

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