Throughout time, forms of communication have shaped how we think and learn, work and play, behave and relate, and have accumulated to become the history of humankind. Just as the transition from oral traditions to print, and then to broadcast, changed our lives, so will our continued transition to a digital culture. Libraries house and preserve the human history of information, inspiration, and ideas in all of their forms, and technology is dramatically transforming our ability to access and process it.
The growing demand for equitable access to electronic resources, coupled with the public’s ever-increasing appetite for traditional library services, is stretching public libraries to the limit. Last year, Weber County Library System serviced more than 100,000 active cards, accommodated more than 1,400,000 visits, answered more than 825,000 information requests, sponsored approximately 2,500 programs, and hosted almost 135,000 individuals who attended meetings in Library facilities. Patrons borrowed a whopping 2,210,000 items during the past year even though the Main Library was closed for renovations.
To more efficiently meet the ever-increasing demand for multi-faceted Library services, the Main Library in Ogden and the North Branch in North Ogden City are being completely renovated and recreated to serve as community information platforms. These buildings will be homes to dynamic collections and vital information services. They will also provide state-of-the-art venues to host a broad range of events including film screenings, music and dance presentations, folk arts festivals, and art and interactive museum exhibits. Programs and specialized training focused on literacy in all of its forms – print, digital, cultural, media, information, visual, and spatial – will also be a focal point.
Stakeholders have been deeply involved in conceptualizing and planning for the execution of these projects. Taxpayers approved a general obligation bond to provide funding for bricks and mortar, and the Library Development Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, pledged support in raising funds to enhance the basic building infrastructure with world-class, technology-smart, multipurpose spaces.
For information concerning a donation to the Library Development Fund, call 801-337-2616.