Letter, 2/3: New central library will be downtown

Letter, 2/3: New central library will be downtown

Rendering of Pershing Center

A group of library supporters in 2014 forwarded plans to convert Pershing Center into a new downtown library to replace the aging Bennett Martin.

I write regarding Curt Donaldson’s letter (“Consider Sears site for new library," Jan. 24)

The ample public input that the Lincoln Library Board has hosted, combined with recent Downtown Master Plan input, supports the board’s position that a new central library should be built on the Pershing site.

Downtown is the city’s hub. The population of its 2-mile service area exceeds that of each of our branch libraries.

The Pershing site is the best of several options because the city owns it already, it is in the core of Lincoln’s vibrant downtown and it has room for a library as well as additional buildings. The Library Board invites people to review and respond to the central library-related information gathered over the years, found on the library’s website.

Our libraries serve over one million visitors annually by engaging efficiencies. Mr. Donaldson’s suggestion results in more library space than necessary, creating unneeded construction and operating costs.

Libraries in the 21st century serve their cities well, especially in their children’s areas, technology and meeting spaces. They support the lifelong learning required by a strong workforce. They welcome everybody.

We’re committed to the work, and the community conversation, leading to a 21st-century central library for Lincoln.

Donna Marvin, Lincoln

President, Lincoln Library Board


Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News

Husker News