Watch Missoula’s new library-museum project grow, in real time.
New library-museum complex estimated to cost $36,700,000 Bond $30M Capital campaign $5.85M Other $850K Bond funding does not go towards nonprofit partner space
May 2018 Focus of work has been on realigning early cost estimates with current prices of materials/labor. Tri-County Mechanical & Electrical contracted for HVAC system. MPL and MCT were temporarily taken off line and then reconnected to newly installed electrical line on new property. Library’s partners (Families First/Children’s Museum, UM spectrUM, MCAT) discussing building signage[…]
Missoula Public Library – News Updates Here are articles from local news sources that refer to our bond campaign. City officials pledge $500K in tax funds to save 4th floor of new public library Concept Images for a new $35M Missoula Public Library revealed; light, geology emphasized Missoula Public Library overbooked seeks new space with[…]
A NEW BUILDING WILL GIVE OUR COMMUNITY:
Room to Learn
Your library helps young people develop lifelong learning skills. But MPL’s youth services wing is far too small for a full range of early literacy programs. Outdated conditions hamper interactive education.
Room To Share
Many Missoulians depend on their library for computer access, digital literacy, and e-resources. But today’s connectivity and networking is limited by a building designed in an era when no one used computers.
Room To Grow
Missoula Public Library loans more than a million items to 60,000 cardholders each year. The library is one-third the size it should be for this population — and for the level of service expected by our community.
Nixon was president. Woodward and Bernstein, Rose Kennedy, and Peter Benchley’s Jaws were on the New York Times bestseller list. Personal computer use was a sci-fi fantasy. Missoula County’s population was 62,000. Today, your public library operates in a building that was not designed for Montana's demographic shifts, the evolving role of public libraries in our culture, or the 21st century needs of this community.