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Proposition 3 funds new entrance for Loussac Library

By Lauren Maxwell 10:58 AM March 30, 2014

Bond includes $2.75 million for renovations

ANCHORAGE –

Anchorage library supporters are urging residents to vote “yes” on Proposition 3.

The bond includes money for a number of items — among them, $2.75 million for renovations to the Loussac Library.

The Loussac opened in 1986 and the building is definitely showing its age. There are cracks in the plaza in front of the second story entrance and parts of the stairs leading up to that level are crumbling away. If voters approve the bond, those stairs are coming down.

Library Director Mary Jo Torgeson wants to reroute the library’s main entrance to the first floor. It would mean big changes for the building, including moving the circulation desk to the lower level.

Another change Torgeson would like to see involves the book drops.

Right now it’s convenient for drivers to drop off books from their cars, but library employees have to go outside to empty those by hand several times a day. Torgeson would like to have book drops that go directly into the building and use a radio frequency system to automatically check them in.

The library redesign is a big project and Prop 3 won’t pay for it all. The library has raised several million dollars on its own. There is also a big funding request for the Alaska Legislature of $10 million.

For more information on this and other bond propositions for the Anchorage Municipal Election April 1, click here.

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