Story Builder Campaign for the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Expansion

About the Fund

 

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library has been a part of this community since 1858. For over 160 years, it has given locals a chance to discover, explore, and connect. It’s the most visited building in downtown Eau Claire, averaging over 1,200 customers a day. And now it’s time to give back.

The library needs your help!

The Story Builder campaign is raising $7M in private funds to expand the library’s physical space—a long overdue effort to meet the demands of Eau Claire’s ever-growing and evolving population. These funds will supplement a $11.5M investment from The City of Eau Claire to revamp the library’s failing mechanical systems.

The library’s expansion plans are designed to enhance core services...

• An all-new third-floor event room will double community engagement space, offering expanded programming for all ages.
• Modernized study rooms will help individuals and groups to work, study, and meet.
• An expanded DIY makerspace (aka ‘The Dabble Box’) will greatly enhanced opportunities for hands-on STEAM learning, alongside an all-new innovation lab for workshops and more.
• Redesigned shelving and display space will offer unprecedented physical access.
• A new drive-up window will ease materials pickup.
• Geothermal energy systems and other energy saving measures will significantly reduce operating costs.
• State of the art ventilation systems will help ensure public health.

The new designs are flexible, able to respond to future needs. Beyond these essential enhancements, the expansion project dovetails with the city’s upcoming plans to construct an urban plaza between the library and City Hall.

Anyone interested in learning more about the campaign or seeing who’s already donated can visit www.ecpubliclibrary.info/storybuilder.

Library Expansion Concept Designs by MSR Design

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

 

OTHER DONATION OPTIONS: 

Write a check to "ECCF/Story Builder" and send it to:

Eau Claire Community Foundation
306 S. Barstow St. Suite 104
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Make a pledge:

Fill out the online pledge form.

OR

Print a copy of the pledge form and mail it to the Eau Claire Community Foundation.

Click here for a printable pledge form.

LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION

Story Builder Website 

Story Builder Printable Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE STORY BUILDER CAMPAIGN?

Please contact  storybuilder@eauclaire.lib.wi.us or Kim Hennings, Assistant Director of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, at 715-839-6225.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUND?

Please contact ECCF Executive Director Sue Bornick at info@eccfwi.org or (715) 552-3801.