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Rochester Public Library Expansion

Beam Project Type:     Project in Concept Phase

Plans are in motion for Rochester Public Library to begin a study of a two-floor addition to the downtown location, a renovation that would nearly double the facility in size, and cost an estimated $47 million to $55 million.

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The 21st Century Library for a vibrant city.

The role of a community library continues to evolve. Without enough square footage, programs compete for space on a weekly basis, preventing the Library from meeting public demand.


After a full examination of other options, Library officials determined the most cost-effective solution is a $55 million renovation and expansion of the current building. RPL is exploring funding options through City of Rochester, Olmsted County, Destination Medical Center (DMC), and philanthropic gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals.

• Provide a Youth Floor for children and teens.
• Utilize flexible and balanced (quiet/loud) space for programming, collaboration, and engagement. 
• Connect varied generations, ability levels, and cultures in new ways. 
• Strengthen the community with information and technology. 
• Spark imagination and innovation through new opportunities.


PB Article:

Plans are in motion for Rochester Public Library to begin a study of a two-floor addition to the downtown location, a renovation that would nearly double the facility in size, and cost an estimated $47 million to $55 million.

The library is the gathering place of the community, a space that shows a true cross-section of the community's populous, said Library Director Audrey Betcher at a Rochester Library Board meeting Wednesday.

Funding sources for the 80,000-square-foot addition and renovation could include a similar cross-section of the community. A preliminary outline of financing proposed support from local government, local business, nonprofit organizations and citizen donors.

"What we're trying to do is show that the community is willing to pay for some of it," said John Hunziker, library communications manager, during a presentation detailing the library expansion.

Hunziker's preliminary funding sources showed the city of Rochester issuing bonds for $20 million to $40 million of the cost; Olmsted County contributing significantly; and Destination Medical Center adding a large sum. A public fundraising effort would account for about $3 million.



Level 1: Education ; Vision/Identity

Level 2: Education ; Adult Education ; Pre-school Education

DMC: Learning Environment

Community Health:


Lead Organization: Rochester Public Library

Confirmed Collaborators: Rochester Public Library

Potential Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; County of Olmsted, MN ; DMC EDA

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Education, Vision/Identity

March 02, 2016 TBD: Fundraising questions for RPL expansion

Sixty-three people were interviewed for the survey, plus an online survey yielded 263 responses. It was done in part to assess how fundraising for the project would go; the document refers to a $3 million fundraising campaign for the project.

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March 12, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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February 22, 2018: Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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February 17, 2018: 2018 Discipline Data Update - Information

At the 2/6/2018 School Board Meeting the following was presented as a comparison of office referrals from first semester 2016-2017 and first semester 2017-2018 examining District, building, and student data.  Building Principals will also discuss behavior- related supports provided in their respective buildings.

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January 30, 2018: 2018 County Board Goals

At the Jan. CNG Meeting, Heidi Welsh presented the following 2018 Goals

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January 12, 2018: Winona State Rochester: Business, Leadership, and Education

Winona State University – Rochester (WSU-R) and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business, Leadership, and Education Open House Jan. 18, 2018

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November 27, 2017: World's Best Workforce Plan goals not met

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November 04, 2017: DMCC approves $22M in capitral improvement projects for 2018

While the DMC EDA budget will rise from $3.5 million this year to more than $3.7 million next year, the city will contribute $122,000 less and Mayo Clinic's contribution will increase by $337,000.

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October 09, 2017: Taylor Arena Replacement

Discussion of a proposed arena project connected to Mayo Civic Center will continue Tuesday.

The Mayo Civic Center Commission will hear a presentation from London-based PricewaterhouseCoopers regarding an analysis of a proposed sport and entertainment arena to replace Taylor Arena.

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October 01, 2017: University of Minnesota, Rochester Master Plan

PB reports "The University of Minnesota Rochester is taking another step toward its future goal of building a 10-acre college campus at the edge of downtown."

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