Leaders of the Lawrence Public Library have completed a $1 million fundraising campaign to help boost expansion plans for the downtown library.
The Library Foundation announced Friday it has raised $1.082 million from 272 donors. The library will host a ceremony at 4 p.m. Jan. 22 to celebrate the campaign.
“Our community has really stepped up and supported its public library in a big way,” said Joan Golden, chairwoman of the fundraising committee for the library.
The money will be used to help fund a $19 million expansion of the library that will include a new parking garage, and additional space for meeting rooms, the children’s area, computers, an outdoor plaza and energy efficiency upgrades.
Voters previously approved an $18 million bond issue to pay for the bulk of the expansion, but library leaders committed to raise $1 million to pay for several features ranging from technology upgrades and furniture. The group raised the money in a little less than a year.
During the fundraising campaign, 14 donors gave $25,000 or more and 131 donors gave less than $1,000.
The 20,000-square-foot expansion is in the final design stages.