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Downtown Library

The Anchorage Public Library and Anchorage Library Foundation are working to establish a downtown library, which has the potential to play an important role in the revitalization of downtown and could serve as an anchor tenant for a multi-use development. ADN Article – Internet access. Maybe a cafe. And books, of course. A downtown Anchorage library is moving closer to reality.

This project is made possible by a generous bequest from Janet and John Goetz, long-time downtown residents who had a vision to establish a walkable library to serve the diverse needs of downtown residents, workers and visitors. ADN Article – A longtime Anchorage resident wanted a downtown library. She left a lot of money for it.

Over the past year, the Downtown Library Exploration Committee – made up of members of the community with expertise and interest in downtown development – have provided input to shape the vision and mission of the downtown library. If you would like to meet with the team or have input, please contact info@librarychampion.com.

Downtown Library Business Plan

Downtown Library Survey Results

Public Outreach Events (summer 2017):

  • Music in the Park
  • Live After 5
  • Lunch on the Lawn at the Anchorage Museum
  • Beans Cafe clients
  • Covenant House residents

Meetings with Community Members:

  • Beans Cafe
  • Visit Anchorage
  • Alaska Humanities Forum
  • Rasmuson Foundation
  • Kaladi Brothers, PAC
  • Sobermiut
  • Fairview, Government Hill and South Addition Community Councils
  • Assembly Member Chris Constant
  • Catholic Social Services, Refugee and Immigration Assistance Services
  • Eklutna Tribal Council
  • Atwood Foundation
  • Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
  • First Alaskans Institute, staff brainstorming session
  • Kate Slyker, Tennys Owens, community members
  • MOA Mayor’s Office, George Martinez
  • Anchorage Community Development Authority
  • Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
  • Eklutna Native Village, Chief Lee Stephan
  • MOA Transit, Abul Hassan and Bart Rudolph
  • Covenant House, Education/Career Development Staff
  • Bridge Builders, Board of Directors
  • MOA Real Estate Director, Robin Ward
  • MOA Planning
  • AEDC Business Development, Will Kyzer
  • Jamie Boring, Downtown Partnership
  • Cook Inlet Housing Authority
  • First Alaskans Institute
  • The Boardroom, Katherine Jernstrom
  • MOA Parks and Recreation, Josh Durand

Final Presentation to Downtown Library Exploration Committee, Jan. 19, 2018:

Presentation to Downtown Library Exploration Committee on Jan. 27, 2017:

 





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