Updates coming to Mandan Library

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MANDAN, N.D. - A $3 million donation from Energy Transfer Partners has sparked updates to the Mandan Library. On Tuesday the Mandan City Commission voted to move the plan to the design stage.

The plan was showcased at the city commission meeting to show what is on the way for the city.

"It's becoming more of a reality for us now, and so very much the excitement is growing, and then just looking forward to some of those projects we're going to have to do." said Mandan Library Director Jackie Hawes.

The plan adds a garage onto the building for the bookmobile, which is currently housed six miles away from the library. The designer addressed the unique structure.

"It's the longest library I've ever seen. 40 feet by 300 feet long. It does present some challenges." said Joe Larrivee, designer.

The new design expands the areas already there. It adds meeting rooms, and more room for staff.

"You can look around at my office, I'm kind of using it partly for storage. So yeah, just more space, not only for the staff but also for the public that come in." said Hawes.

While the plan pays for the building Hawes says they will still need to fund raise for furniture and supplies to fill it.