Planning Notes

Welcome to our planning page. Here you’ll find up-to-date information on the steps we are taking in our building process, as well as our strategic plan.

Libraries have always changed, and we will continue to evolve as the community’s needs change. One thing that has remained constant is our commitment to continue to be a vital educational institution for our community.



Building Project Update - November 2020

The City of Appleton Common Council approved the 2021 Executive Budget and Service Plan at their November 11 meeting. The 2021 budget includes $2.4 million for architectural design work toward a renovated or reconstructed library facility on the current site (see page 630). The budget also identifies $12 million each in 2022 and 2023 for the construction of the facility.

Building Project Update - September 2020

Mayor Jake Woodford has announced a plan to move forward with the Appleton Public Library building project.

Recent studies have revealed the library needs space to accommodate large meetings, an increase in flexible infrastructure and more efficient circulation practices.

Building Project Relevant Studies

2008: Library Building and Services Study

Reviewed and analyzed the existing facility, gathering input and data from 1,000 Appleton area residents via online surveys, direct mail, focus groups and personal interviews. The study recommended a construction of a new facility as “the best option in terms of delivering maximum efficiency and the amenities most desired by the public.”