Based on current and projected population growth, the Lone Tree and Parker libraries need to double in size, library director Jamie LaRue said. The Castle Pines branch, now tucked into a 1,500-square-foot rented space in a strip mall, ideally will more than triple in size to about 5,000 square feet.
After the back-to-back defeats of library tax measures in 2007 and 2008, the district’s capital campaign is an alternative way to construct the three branches. It will build on $20 million that Douglas County Libraries already has set aside.
“All those problems we were trying to fix in 2007 and 2008 are still there, and even more urgent,” LaRue said. “The library has saved very aggressively since 2008, tightening our belts through the recession. Most of those savings came from our self-check systems, and staff reductions through attrition. So we have about $20 million in the bank — a good start, but not enough for three libraries, unless we can get land donations from all those communities.”
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