Ridgway Library was constructed in 2004 and is now capacity constrained. The objectives of the expansion and renovation are to broaden the collection, add reading and work space, provide additional meeting rooms, expand and separate the children’s area to reduce noise, support additional programs, offer outdoor seating with controlled access, and meet the evolving needs of our growing community.
The Ridgway Library is a cornerstone in the community for education, development, research, literacy, civics, and the arts. It offers the only free public meeting room in town, and is a display venue for local arts. In 2018, the library logged over 54,000 visits in a county with a population of 4,844.
The Ridgway Library is important because…
Literacy and a well-rounded education are essential skills
It provides access to a world of news, literature, science, music, film, art, and culture without limit
Librarians can help you in ways the internet cannot
It showcases local creative artists
Children have a safe space in which to relax, learn, explore, and dream
Design of the expansion and renovation of the current space has been completed by Ratio Humphries Poli Architects of Denver. FCI Constructors, Inc. is responsible for management and construction. The project is estimated to cost $1,930,000. More than half of the money already raised has come from Ridgway businesses and utilities, members of Friends and library patrons. Successful grant applications have secured funds from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and from the Buell, Western Colorado Community and El Pomar Foundations. Additional funding is being sought from other charitable foundations that actively support projects of this nature.