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Aberdeen could build new library

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Alexander Mitchell Library in Aberdeen could use some updates. Instead of just updating the current facility, the city could see a whole new library built at a different location.

People of the Aberdeen area attended a meeting today in the library to discuss possibilities of a new library.

MSR Architects of Minneapolis and Co-op Architecture of Aberdeen have been hired to come up with a conceptual plan for a new Aberdeen library.

Right now the building has limited space and long waits for computers. There are meeting rooms in the basement, but they cannot be scheduled out for public use because of water damage that occurred from the 2011 flood.

Flood damage also caused the children's reading room to be moved out of the lower level and squeezed in upstairs right next to the front desk.

These are just a few of the several problems discussed at the meeting today where people of the community expressed their concern for the library.

Library member, Barb Michlitsch, says people need to listen to ideas the consultants have, but they also need to stop by and see what the existing library has to offer.

"It's important for them to see what the scope is out in the real world and how the libraries are changing, but they also need to see the usage that is still here today," she said.

There is already a new location planned for the new library, but that doesn't mean it is going to happen. A lot of funding and planning as to go on before anything is decided.

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