Improvement & Expansion

After the ballot measures in 2009 and 2010 failed, the Board of Trustees sought feedback from the community and developed a new plan to accommodate the growing needs of the county, rather than stick with an old plan that clearly did not have the support of the voters.

The current 10,000 square foot facility was constructed in 1972. In that time, the population of the county has grown more than 800%. The digital age has dawned. Economies have expanded and contracted. Through all of this, the library district has done the best it could to meet the ever-changing and constantly growing needs of the population it serves, all without a tax increase.

The interior and exterior walls have been painted time and again. Furniture and shelving fixtures have been replaced and shuffled from on location to another to yet another. But, the fact of the matter is that this facility is dated. It was not built to handle today's technology. It is not easily accessible to many citizens of Christian County and even if it was, there is no way to expand the current building to the size that would be needed to sufficiently serve the entirety of the county.

Part of the Board's newest plans include building a new library building on the land that serves as the current home of the county's lone public library. This new facility would be 15,000 - 20,000 square feet in size. Plans for this new facility are under development, but there are no architectural renderings available at this time.

The current plan is to expand along the Highway 14 corridor in Christian County. Three new buildings would be purchased and renovated or constructed, allowing approximately 85% of county residents to live within a few miles of a library branch location.

The larger of the three new buildings would be in Nixa. This location would ideally be 15,000 - 20,000 square feet and sit north of Highway 14 and as close to Highway 160 as possible. Different alternatives in Nixa are currently being considered.

One part of the original expansion plan remains, which is to build smaller branch libraries in the eastern and western reaches of the county. Just as the improved Ozark and new Nixa locations would be roughly similar in size, the two smaller libraries in Sparta and Clever would be similar in size, around 5,000 square feet each.

Proposed Sparta branch library.
Proposed Clever branch library.
In addition to the new and improved buildings, the library district would look to improve upon and expand its educational resources by adding advanced technology for creation and design, maker space, small business resources, 3D printers, music creation stations, book printing, and expansion opportunities as new technologies are developed.