News and Updates

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.



Library Building Project Update: September 2021

In March the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees and City of Appleton Common Council selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

City staff continue to work with SOM on the library project. The following progress has been made in the past month:

1. Concept Design and Community Input

Library Building Project Concepts

In March the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees and City of Appleton Common Council selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

Library Building Project Update: August 2021

In March the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees and City of Appleton Common Council selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

City staff continue to work with SOM on the library project. The following progress has been made in the past month:

1. Concept Design

Library Building Project Update: July 2021

In March the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees and City of Appleton Common Council selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

City staff continue to work with SOM on the library project. The following progress has been made in the past month: 

1. SOM recommends a renovation/expansion of the existing library building.

Library Building Project Update: June 2021

In March the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees and City of Appleton Common Council selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

City staff continue to work with SOM on the library project. The following progress has been made in the past month: 

1. A building scan utilizing LIDAR scanning technology has been finalized.

Library Building Project Update: May 2021

In March the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees and City of Appleton Common Council selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

City of Appleton Seeks Library Building Project Advisory Committee Applicants

The City of Appleton is seeking applicants to serve on a new advisory committee for the library building project

Library Building Project Update: April 2021

Last month the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees and City of Appleton Common Council selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

Library Building Project Update: March 2021

The City of Appleton Common Council has awarded a contract to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for design and engineering services for the Appleton Public Library at its current location.

Last December, a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) was presented to the Library Board of Trustees and City Council. The input received from those meetings, as well as from a public listening session, was incorporated into the document and an RFP for design and engineering services for a new or remodeled library was released with submissions due early February.

Library Building Project Update: February 2021

The City of Appleton Common Council approved the 2021 Executive Budget and Service Plan at their November 11, 2020 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.

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