Campaign FAQs

Columbia Public Library – Capital Campaign FAQ’s

Why was it necessary to expand and renovate the library?

  • The existing library on South Sixth Street was built in 1960 and the last major improvement was completed 44 years ago.  Due to the age of the building and compliance with current building codes, the library needed to update heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems; plumbing, electrical, lighting, fire alarm and low voltage systems; and to add fire protection systems and an elevator.  The project also creates a new 1,700 sq. ft. addition in the upper and lower levels. This project also allows us to add handicap accessibility at the front entrance.

Why do we need a capital campaign to fund the library expansion?

  • Due to the diligence of the current and previous library boards and prudent management of the library’s funds, the library was in a position to start the expansion and renovation project with a $1.1 million commitment.  However, the library project will cost approximately $2.5 million. So reaching the total goal is extremely important. It also allows the library to recover part of the initial investment to replenish funds that will be needed to operate a much larger facility.  This investment in our community includes new construction, renovation, furniture, shelving, technology updates, meeting rooms, an expanded children’s area, and an elevator.  
  • Donating to the library’s capital campaign is also a significant philanthropic opportunity and a great investment in our future!  As of August, 2018 we are at 66% of our goal.  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated!There are several ways to donate -donate online (see Donate button on the home page),drop of donation at the library, mail to Columbia Public Library, 24 S. Sixth Street, Columbia PA  17512 or contact us at to discuss corporate donations or naming rights opportunities.  Thank you for your consideration!  

How many people use the library?

  • In 2017, there were over 42,000 visits to the library.   Our visitors come to the library for research, reading, or to check out books; to attend programs; to utilize the computers for wireless log-ins, job applications, or assistance with government forms; or for general help – faxes, taxes, bus schedules, etc.  The library is more than a depository of books. It is a community center for all to enjoy!