Goldendale Community Library Remodel

Why remodel?

It's been over 30 years since Goldendale Community Library was last remodeled—and it could use some work! Through generous donations, we're planning to upgrade this 1915 original Carnegie library for the coming decades.

Where's the money coming from?

This $1 million project will be funded from three different sources:

  • The Wilma Olsen Fund. From an original donation of just over $100,000, the fund has grown to over $500,000 thanks to careful investment. After discussions with the donor's family, we plan to use this money to refurbish the second floor.
  • A bequest from Shirley Ann Iams. Shirley was a Goldendale native who ended her decades-long career as a librarian with Seattle Public Library. When she passed away on October 6, 2016, she left the Goldendale library a sizable bequest totaling nearly $180,000 to date. We'll use this bequest to remodel the children's area.
  • FVRL capital reserve. FVRL has money set aside for capital projects, and we'll use some of this reserve for infrastructure repair: upgrading windows and lighting, replacing the concrete steps, and improving the staff area in the basement.

What will the remodel include?

After holding public meetings in the fall of 2016, we worked out some designs and will be finalizing plans later this summer. Our goal is to maintain the classic Carnegie library character while improving flow and usability. We don't have a start date yet, but we'd like to complete the work in the coming year.

Here's what we're planning to do:

  • New furniture, carpet and paint throughout the building
  • New shelving upstairs and in the children's area
  • ADA accessibility upgrades to the restrooms
  • New areas for teens and for quiet reading
  • New LED lighting and energy efficient windows
  • Exterior repairs

How will I use the library once construction starts?

We'll have temporary library services available in a convenient location (to be determined). And the Goldendale/Klickitat Bookmobile will also continue its normal schedule.