Loussac Library Master Plan Unveiled
Staircase to be removed; new entry on ground level
ANCHORAGE - The Loussac Library may be the site of some major changes in the near future. In fact, if things go as planned, the whole outside of the library could have a new look. It’s part of what’s called the “Loussac Master Plan,” a plan designed to take the library into the future.
Phase one includes tearing down the steps that many consider a hazard, and moving the main entrance from the second floor of the library to the ground floor. The circulation desk would relocate there as well.
But while those changes will be the most visible, there are plenty of other items on the wish list as well.
“This building opened about 26 years ago and there hasn’t been much touched since then,” said Clare Ross, library development director. “So, in addition to making the place more technology-friendly, we need to get new carpet, new paint and new furniture.”
The plan is to work in the changes as funding becomes available. The library board has asked the legislature for $8 million -- plus an additional $2 million that is already secured is enough to finish phase one, including relocating the library entrance. If the money comes through, the work will begin next summer.
For the public to learn more, the library is hosting a meeting on the master plan this Monday, March 18, it starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Loussac Library.