Hyrum library proposing a new building with nearly triple the space
By Lara Gale
HYRUM -- The Hyrum City library committee believes it is time to replace the library in downtown Hyrum, the head of the library committee said.
"It is unbelievable how we've outgrown our library," Jeanette Hooley said. "We just need more room."
Every month, 19,000 books are checked out of the library, Hooley said. At 4,500 square feet, the library is not big enough to handle that kind of traffic.
The new library needs to be at least 11,000 square feet, though the committee would prefer 13,000, Hooley said. A location has not been decided.
"The whole library committee feels that it would make sense to keep the library in the heart of Hyrum," Hooley said.
She said the committee favors building the library across the street of its current location, which would mean tearing down the old, vacant buildings along that section of Main Street. The décor of the new library would be designed to fit with Elite Hall and the Tithing Office, two historical buildings in that area.
"The one block of downtown is the heart of the community," Hooley said. Concerts, dances, family and social gatherings, and most other community functions are held in the city block between 100 West and Center Street, she said. The new library could only help make Hyrum stronger by clearing up the eyesore created by the run-down vacant buildings lining downtown Main Street, she said.
The new library would be part of Hyrum Mayor Gordon M. Olsen's plan to revive the "heart of Hyrum," according to Hooley.
The library committee plans to present its proposal to the City Council