L.E. Phillips Memorial Library to launch campaign to raise money for expansion project


A local library will be undergoing major renovations and community leaders are asking for the public’s support on the project.

The story builder campaign aims to raise $7 million to expand the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire and the city is contributing $11.5 million.

The current library building is more than 40 years old and the city says it is facing a critical space shortage.

“Often times it’s difficult to find places to sit,” said Library Director Pamela Westby. “We’re bursting at the seams with our youth services areas.”

The library says some people have been turned away from popular programs that are filled to capacity and there is limited space for adding new materials.

“Library usage was absolutely exploding and it was evident that we needed to expand if we were going to continue to serve the Eau Claire community with our public library,” said Carol Gabler, library campaign co-chair.

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