The current state of the DeWitt District Library is “insufficient” for the community, according to some residents.
The library, which currently occupies 6,000 square feet is said to be too small and ill-equipped for its visitors. A major shortcoming is the inadequacy of books and other resources because of space limitations.
Watertown Township trustee, George Weitzel, said, “[The library] is too small of a structure to handle the volume of people that visit the library.”
Community residents and visitors of the library say expanding the size of the establishment would serve as an advantage to the community because more resources, such as a larger variety of books ans DVDs, would be available to the public. They also say expansion will allow for more computer classes and after school programs for students.
Amanda Hoerauf, a visitor of the library, said: “I think expanding is a good idea. Expanding would give more resources to the community, and every community needs a functioning library.”
Weitzel said, “More space would mean more books and an invitation of more people.”
“I’d like to see more people reading,” Weitzel said. “The library is good for the community. It’s an area where youth and adults can hang out without any problems.”
The library attracts 85,000 visitors annually. Visitors check out about 181,000 items each year.
Plans for expansion are already in the works. The DeWitt Library Board has plans to construct a new and improved 31,000 square foot library over the course of 25 years. The cost of the building will not exceed $13,650,000.
In addition to a larger book collection, the size expansion will provide a larger parking lot, more restrooms, and more handicap-accessible shelves and resources.