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Imagine together the tremendous benefit of a beautiful new library facility full of technology, art, and literature to the Searcy area.

Imagine a “landmark building” where the community gathers to form new ideas while overlooking a beautiful park setting… a place where children access literature and technology… a place where city leaders and aspiring business owners collaborate toward a brighter tomorrow.

Imagine together, what a new library can do for you…

  • More space for all library collections and programs
  • Meeting rooms
  • Study rooms
  • Additional space for computers
  • Drive-up book return & pickup
  • Coffee lounge
  • Shop with book sale space

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Proposed Location

The new library is proposed to be built in the block of 500 N Moss St (old City pool/Searcy Head Start location) between Race St. and Moore St. and will overlook Berryhill Park.

Benefits of the new site include:

• It is already owned by the City. No cost to the project to purchase the land.

• It is adjacent to a City park providing great views on the park side and an outdoor venue option for some larger programs such as Summer Reading Special Events.

• Great access to Race Street (with a stop light) and to Moore Street

• Large enough to provide plenty of parking

The Need

10,108 Current Sq. Ft. | More >

The Need

When the Searcy library building was constructed in 1966, Searcy’s population was around 9,000. At the time, 10,108 sq. ft. facility was perfect fit.

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Amount of Visitors

621 Avg. Daily Visitors | More >

Amount of Visitors

With an average of 621 visitors each day, the Searcy Public Library is in need of a larger facility. Since the library was built in 1966, the population of Searcy has increased from 9,000 to over 23,000.

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FAQs

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FAQs

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page to see answers to questions being commonly asked.

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Building Specs

40,000 Recommended Sq. Ft. | More >

Building Specs

The city has proposed a new 40,000 sq-ft. facility to be built at the old city pool site adjacent to Berryhill Park, complete with a 200-space parking lot.

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Average Cost

$5.66/mo Avg. Cost/Family | More >

Average Cost

Average cost per home is $68 per year/$5.66 per month based on Searcy’s median household appraised value of $113,342. Total project cost is estimated at $13 million.

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Why $13 Million?

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Why $13 Million?

An in-depth study was completed in 2015 to determine what is really needed in a new library facility for Searcy. Click link to see the results of the Needs Assessment Study for Searcy.

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Schematic Design | Draft Rendering of Proposed Library

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“The new library will be a gathering place for all sectors of our community to come and use the internet, check out books and movies, use our meeting rooms, do research, and even trace their ancestry.  There will be ample parking and both indoor and outdoor space available for the patrons to use as well as a coffee shop to be enjoyed.”

Dianne Hutsell, Searcy Public Library Board

“I think it’s the first educational tool every child should be introduced to, even though we live in an era of technology. I can remember as a child, there were reading activities that brought kids together to keep them interested in books and reading. It helped kids that were reluctant to read develop a fondness for books.”

Dr. Mitzi Washington, Pediatrician and Internist, Searcy resident

“I moved to Searcy in 1979 with my husband and young daughter.  One of the first things I did after settling in was seek out the library. The best day of the week was Wednesday, when my daughter could go to “story time” with Ms. Joyce and I could browse the shelves. We added two more girls to our family and all enjoyed and used the library.  Searcy has grown in the 36 years since we moved to town. There have been many changes to our city but the library has remained the same. It is time for the library to grow along with Searcy. Please join me on May 9th to support a new library for Searcy.”

Lucy Jordan, Library Patron

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