A $1 million campaign to raise funds for an expanded Lawrence Public Library is nearly complete, library leaders announced Friday.
The Library Foundation announced it has raised $960,000 of the $1 million goal. The campaign has attracted more than 200 donors, with gifts ranging from a few dollars to a $100,000 donation from the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation.
“The people in Lawrence are incredibly generous,” said Joan Golden, chairwoman of the library’s fundraising campaign. “The response to the library’s campaign has been overwhelming. People are just walking in with gifts, and every day we receive donations in the mail.”
Kathleen Morgan, development director for the library foundation, said she hopes the campaign will reach its goal by the end of the year.
“It would be a wonderful holiday gift,” Morgan said.
Once the campaign is completed, Morgan said, the library will release a list of donors who have bought naming rights to portions of the library. The library offered naming opportunities — beginning with a $25,000 donation — to several areas of the library including reading rooms, meeting rooms, technology areas, the children’s room and others.
The library expansion is slated to be a $19 million project, with $18 million of the project funded through a city bond issue approved by voters. The project will involve adding about 20,000 square feet of new space, renovating all existing spaces and building a new parking garage.
Morgan said the $1 million in private donations will be used to provide enhancements to several areas of the library, including the outdoor plaza, the technology area, the children’s room, the young-adult area, and the addition of technology to make the library more green-friendly.