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Bids for the construction of the new Petersburg Public Library were read on Thursday at MRV Architects in Juneau and came in under the estimated budget amount of $4.5 million. ASRC McGraw Constructors, LLC.   was deemed the lowest responsive bid for the project. At the May 7 City Council meeting, the project building committee will recommend that the bid be awarded to ASRC McGraw.

Yet to come are bids for remaining work and contents such as construction administration, technology, landscaping, furnishings, and equipment.

Construction of the new library is scheduled to begin early this summer. The library is anticipated to open in the  summer of 2013.

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As of Feb 1, 2012, 217 individuals, businesses and organizations have pledged $338,783 to the new Petersburg Library!

Make your tax deductible donation today…

  • In person at the library
  • By mail – Please use our donation form
  • Online - We can accept your credit card donation online at the Alaska Community Foundation’s secure online giving site. When asked “Please apply my gift to” be sure to select “Petersburg Public Library Fund”.

Questions? Call the library at (907) 772-3349 or email us at library@ci.petersburg.ak.us

Details about the new library’s FISHING WALL and the many naming opportunities available can be found on the capital campaign pledge form

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What’s next for the new library?

Funding for the new library has been gaining momentum this fall with the passage of Proposition 1 in October and a $500K top off grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.  We have reached our goal of $6.78M!  As we move through the process of updating the cost estimate in November and bidding the project in the spring of 2012  the cost could change so fundraising will still continue.  Here’s what’s next for the new library:

Fall-Winter 2011-2012

  • Final construction documents
  • Preliminary site work

Spring 2012-early Summer 2013

  • Contractor selection
  • Construction

Summer 2013

  • Grand Opening

Click here for more information about what’s next for the new library. 

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Voters approve bond for new library

Petersburg voters have approved a bond issue for a new library.  Results are unofficial until they’re canvassed by the City Council.  Passage of the bond issue will secure a half million dollar grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. More than half of the project will be funded by a state grant and the rest will come from private donations and a grant from the USDA’s Rural Community Facilities program. Click here to listen to KFSK Public Radio’s coverage of the election.

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Why now?

The community will vote on the library bond on October 4 because:

  • The new library is nearly 80% funded
  • $3.3M in State funding  expires in June 2014
  • The $500K Rasmuson ’top off’ grant requires the community commit to $1.5M in 2011
  • With each year that we wait to build, the cost of construction is increasing.

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Alaska’s Rasmuson Foundation has awarded the City of Peters burg with a ‘top-off’ grant for up to $500,000 for the new library.   This ‘top-off’ grant relies on the community committing an additional $1.5M to the project by the end of 2011.

$5.27M (cash and in-kind) has been raised towards the fundraising goal of $6.78M for the new library. $1.5M still needs to be secured for the project to be fully funded.   Petersburg residents will have the opportunity to vote on a $1.5M bond on October 4, 2011 that would complete the funding for the new library.

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With the cash available, the City could afford to construct and furnish a facility that is roughly the same size of the top floor of the municipal building. As the library is already using most of the top floor of the municipal building for programs and services, it would likely not be worth the expense to build another library and not increase the size.

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