Governor Linda Lingle recently released $300,000 for improvements to Hawai‘i State Public Libraries, including $50,000 for the planning for expansion of the Kapa‘a Public Library, she said in a press release.
“These projects will greatly benefit our residents, particularly students, who come to the library in search of an accessible, comfortable and safe environment in which they can pursue their studies and research,” said Lingle.
“Our libraries and the public they serve are thrilled that our elected officials, and especially Governor Lingle, have demonstrated that they value public libraries as important community assets,” said State Librarian Jo Ann Schindler.
“Our libraries are places where everyone is welcome, and we greatly appreciate these funds to make them safe and inviting learning environments,” said Schindler.
The Kapa‘a Public Library project includes site investigation, analysis of development plans, and planning for additional interior space and additional parking stalls.
Leaders with the Hawai‘i State Public Library System (HSPLS) listed this project among their top priorities.
They have indicated that the Kapa‘a Public Library is currently undersized for the population of the area, with only 6,562 square feet of space.
The plan is expected to be completed by May of this year.