Construction is underway on the new Nampa Public Library! The Library Square Project, due for completion in early 2015, will house the 62,000 square foot library, a new parking garage for the downtown neighborhood, retail and office space, and a beautiful public plaza. The new library will be nearly three times the size of the current library with convenient, abundant parking, allowing the library to serve more than twice as many daily patrons.
Specific library features and enhancements include:
Multi-purpose room available for public use with seating for 150 and 6 smaller study or meeting rooms.
Much expanded children’s learn and play area and collection with family restrooms nearby.
Local history room with microfilm capabilities.
Expanded Spanish language area and collection.
Outdoor patio on the third floor for gathering and outdoor reading.
Abundant, convenient parking.
Two-story lobby with exhibit space.
Access to plaza, retail space, and restaurants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need a new library, anyway? Nampa is growing! Growing cities need libraries with enough space to serve the entire community, and the current library is already overcrowded. The new library will provide ample space for patrons of all ages in a modern building with updated technology.
How long will the library be closed for moving to the new building? Our goal is to move the library as quickly as we can, causing as little disruption for our patrons as possible.
What will happen with the old building? The Nampa Historical Society and City of Nampa are currently deciding what will happen with the current library at 101 11th Avenue South. Check back for updates!
How can I find information about how to donate to make the new library even better? Visit our Capital Campaign website, www.newlibraryfornampa.org.
Why is it important for the library to be located downtown? Many see the current library as a symbol of the downtown area, so the new library will similarly act as a downtown anchor and attraction that will draw many people to the area. In addition, keeping the library downtown provides visitors convenient access to public transportation, as well
as stores, restaurants, and entertainment.
How will parking work with the new garage? The Nampa Development Council is funding the building of the garage and will own it after completion. they will set the parking rates, but the exact cost is not available at this time. We are working closely with them to try to provide 1-2 hours of free parking for library visits, but an agreement has not yet been reached. The garage will be three floors with approximately 300 parking spaces.
How does the library serve different members of our community? The Nampa community benefits from an asset that provides access to information, as well as educational and cultural opportunities, regardless of means. As an added attraction to the downtown community, the Nampa Public Library also helps build our economy.
Who is the architect for this project? The interior designer? The Gardner Company, Babcock Design, FFA Interior Design, and ESI Engineering have signed on to complete the architechtural design, interior design, and construction of the new facility.
What are some of the specific enhancements included in the new design? The new design includes improved technology resources, more shelf space for book and media collections, improved ADA access, and upgraded bathrooms. There will also be convenient, abundant parking.
Will the library provide easy access for all visitors? Everyone who visits the library will enjoy total accessibility throughout the facility. The new construction will be complete according to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The library will have wide aisles and elevators to upper floors, so visitors with wheelchairs, walkers, or baby strollers will find the library fully accessible and comfortable.
Aren't libraries obsolete? The Nampa Public Library is thriving! We serve over 1,000 patrons per day who come to us for more than just reading materials. The Public Services staff assist patrons in research, job hunting, computer skills, and provide various programs and services to educate and entertain children of all ages. Libraries across the United States are evolving and changing to accommodate new means of accessing information and providing that access to everyone in their communities, regardless of means. Since the first public access computers were installed in libraries in the 1980s, the public's utilization of and demand for access to technology and high-tech operational systems has increased. The Nampa Public Library provides patrons online access to public information as well as digital files for books, audiobooks, and more.
For more frequently asked questions concerning the Library Square Project, visitwww.whynampa.com.