The driving force for a new library appears to be to accommodate a greater number of meetings and meetings of larger size.
· Appleton public library yearly meeting attendance has increased 103% from 22,000 to 44,742 from 1996 to 2017.
· The proposed library will increase meeting space by 895%.
· The current APL meeting room space is 1,770 square feet including four conference rooms.
· The proposed APL meeting room space will be 15,840 square feet including:
o A 6420 Square foot lecture hall with a stage.
o A 2000 Square foot general purpose conference room.
o Three conference rooms: 460, 785, and 785 Square feet.
o A 3360 square foot children’s program room.
o A warming kitchen, including two refrigerators, 2 microwaves, oven, dishwasher, and deep sinks that can be accessed by all meeting rooms.
References: Wisconsin Public Library Service data 1996 – 2017 (https://dpi.wi.gov/pld/data-reports/service-data); Library Needs Assessment, Site Evaluation Final Report Presented August 25, 2014 (http://www.apl150.org/sites/apl150.org/files/pagefiles/APL%20Final%20Report%2008-25-14.pdf); Library building program plan 1996 – available at the APL; Engberg Anderson 2009 APL Program Design Study available at the APL.