Supporting Renewal (A Little Background)

Eau Claire’s public library is intentionally evolving to meet the unique needs of our community. Using the structure of its five-year strategic plan, the library has made dramatic strides—enhancing the books and other materials, instruction, and personal assistance which make it the city’s help desk and welcome center for visitors and new residents.

Now the time has come when the library’s ability to meet the authentic needs of the city is constrained by the limitations of the facility. Space is needed to expand our collection of books, to accommodate demand for library programs, and to meet the community’s demand for spaces in which to tutor, conference, and study. The library is ideally positioned to provide public space. It favors no political or religious beliefs. People of all cultures, races, genders, incomes, ages, abilities, and identities are equally welcome. And access is free.

To help us achieve this vision, please fill out the three survey questions below

A New Look

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Public Input Survey

Three Quick Questions • Deadline: Sept. 2 (Midnight)

Question #1 • Supporting Innovation

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1. What would you like to learn next?

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Question #2 • Supporting Job Growth

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2. What would support you and others in the community in finding, innovating, and growing in work?

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Question #3 • Supporting Community

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3. What are your favorite places to gather in Eau Claire (and the surrounding area), and what do you love about them?

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The Story Builder Campaign

Thanks for your time! You can visit to learn more about the project and lend your support through the Story Builder library expansion campaign.

Our Guiding Principles

DESTINATION | for visitors from near and far, the library will be the heart of the city, fostering experiences of community engagement, collaboration, openness, vitality, and creativity.

LINK | the design will create strong relationships between the building itself, the beautiful Eau Claire River, and the civic core/public facilities of the downtown area.

GENERATIVE | the library will be designed to endure and inspire, operating efficiently and sustainably to support the well-being of its users for generations to come.

ADAPTABLE | the building will gracefully and resolutely respond to a diversity of user needs, integrating continuous evolutions in technology, learning, livelihood, and play.

INCLUSIVE | the services, products, technology, facilities, and surrounding grounds will invite and accommodate usage by all populations.