The North Bend Eagle

How it happened:

• The library makes the move into its new home and opens its doors in April 2012

• A contractor is chosen and contruction gets under way in July 2011

Final plans are presented in March 2011

• Money pours in from challenge, Keiwit grant, Hunt grant, UP grant

Ground is broken, Nov. 2010

• Tight vote picks popcorn plant site for new libary (July 2010)

• Dec. 2009: The Library kicks off its capital campaign to raise funds for the new building.

• See the architectural drawings from April 2009 of what the new library's exterior and interior will look like

• See sketches of the libraries interior from Jan. 2009

• Read the story about the architect's plans released in Jan. 2009 and see what the exterior is going to look like.

• An anonymous $50,000 donation gives the library project a boost.

• Read the Feb. '08 Eagle article on the decision replace the Carnegie library with a new one.

• Take a video tour of the old library.

• Visit the official website of the North Bend Library for information on upcoming events.

After a 5-year community effort...
New library becomes reality

North Bend Public Library
The North Bend Public Library opened in its new home on April 30, 2012.

Five years after the first fundraiser was held during the 2007 Old Settlers and $1.3 million later, the new North Bend Public Library opened its doors on April 30, 2012. The project, led by the North Bend Library Foundation, was a community-wide effort, with thousands of individuals and business donating funds and time.

Old library "seriously deficient"

The Carnegie building that had previously housed North Bend library was opened in 1913. Ninety-five years later, the North Bend Library Board decided it was time for a new building, one that would be accessible by all of North Bend's citizens and meet the needs of a modern library user. Take a video tour of the old library.

The North Bend Carnegie library was built in 1912-1913

Upon completing a study of the Carnegie library building in 2008, representatives of Carslon West Provondra Architects wrote:

"Considering that it is approaching 100 years old, the building is in good condition. However, it is seriously deficient when compared to contemporary requirements of both building codes and current library functional needs. In general, many of the building's systems, finishes, components and furnishings are worn and dated."

The old library closed its doors April 21, 2012, one day short of its 99th birthday.

New libraryBev Nissen was the first patron to visit the new library.

New library provides more services, better access.

The new library includes a computer lab, a genealogy research area, a multi-purpose community room and plenty of space for the library's employees and patrons.

On May 9, 2012, the North Bend Eagle ran a four-page spread documenting the library's move and showcasing the new building. See the PDF versions of those pages by clicking the following links: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4.

How can you help?

Though the new library is up and running, the Library Foundation is still accepting donations to play for the finishing touches and some of the increased operating costs.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the effort, please contact the library:

North Bend Library
P.O. Box 279
North Bend, NE 68649
(402) 652-8356

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