Española Public Library Announces Renovations


Española Public Library Announces Renovations

The Española Public Library is excited to announce the launch of Library Renovations, as part of a 2012 Capital Outlay from our New Mexico Legislature funding in the amount of $300,000.  The Architect/Engineer is Wilson & Company and La Mesilla Construction a local contractor will be used for the actual renovations.  La Mesilla Construction is also committed in using local sub-contractors to help in completing this exciting project. The official date for renovation starts January 7th, 2016 with a completion date of February 28th, 2016. The library will be closed on January 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2016 to start construction and may shorten library hours while renovation is taking place, along with additional closures.

The renovation project – led by La Mesilla Construction will involve a series of improvements to the Española Public Library including:

  • Public restrooms in the library.
  • Three large picture windows on the South side of the main library area.
  • Exit/Emergency door in Juvenile section.
  • Friends of the Library Book Store at the front entrance of the library.
  • New Carpeting in the entire library.
  • Extra meeting room or study room in the reference area.

The renovation planned for the Española Public Library will make its programs, collections, and Friends of the Library more accessible to all residents of Española and Rio Arriba County. We are so thankful to those who have made this possible, and are excited to get started.

The mission statement for the Española Public Library endeavors to maintain and improve the quality of life for all citizens of our community by providing resources that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment, and enjoyment in the most efficient manner possible. We especially recognize our responsibility to serve as a place for children to discover the joy of reading and the value of libraries. If the building isn’t preserved, if the infrastructure isn’t modernized, then we cannot ensure that our treasures will survive for many more years.

The renovations come at a time of record use at the Española Public Library: the Library saw a 39 percent increase in overall attendance in the last three years, and a 20 percent increase in program attendance.

Funding for this phase of the project was acquired from a Capital Outlay Appropriation during the 2012 Legislative Session, Thanks to Senator Richard Martinez and Representative Debbie Rodella, along with City of Española’s City Council, and for the County of Rio Arriba acting as the City’s fiscal agent on this project  the plan is to eventually seek funding for a new public library.