Building Project History & Archives

This page contains documents spanning the history of the building project. It is meant to help answer questions regarding site selection, building design, and previous capital campaign efforts. 

The library building project was on hold as we were coming out of the pandemic (assessing its impact on building costs) and searching for a new director.  We are now actively evaluating and discussing site options in order to move forward. Currently, we are gathering information and communicating with the necessary people within the village to get complete and accurate information in order to determine the best option for the community.  As we move along in this process we will be posting updates to our webpage.  In the meantime, we will seek to serve New Glarus and the surrounding communities to the best of our ability in our current location.  We are hopeful about what the future holds and thank you for your support.  For further information, our board minutes are available under the "More" tab on the homepage 

Not finding what you're looking for? The Library Board welcomes your questions. You can reach all the trustees via email (libraryboard [at] or you may call the library at 527-2003 for the phone numbers of individual trustees.


Overviews, Public Presentations, and Early Project Documents

September 16, 2021, Update from the New Glarus Library Board

July 2021, Overview of 10th Avenue (Shepherd of the Hills) Location

June 30, 2016 Library Board answers questions from the community

June 30, 2016 Informational Meeting

April 1, 2014 Referendum

February 2014, Vision Statement

February 2014, Frequently Asked Questions

February 2014, How the Library Serves the Community

February 2014, Meeting the Needs of All Ages

February 2014, Service Population

February 2014, Building Site

January 2013 Update

December 2012 Update


Post Messenger Recorder Article Series by Capital Campaign Fundraising Committee 2014-2015

Article 1, September 4, 2014:  Library Location Unknown

Article 2, September 11, 2014:  Cutting to the Bone?

Article 3, September 18, 2014:  By The Numbers

Article 4, September 25, 2014:  Libraries in the Digital Age

Article 5, October 2, 2014:  Economic Benefits of a Public Library

Article 6, October 9, 2014:  Hub of the Community

Article 7, October 16, 2014:  Your Library, Technology, and You

Article 8, October 23, 2014 :  Location, Location, Location

Article 9, October 30, 2014:  Funding a Library

Article 10, November 6, 2014:  Programming

Article 11, November 13, 2014:  Partnerships

Article 12, November 20, 2014:  Friends of the Library

Article 13, December 4, 2014:  Happy Holidays

Article 14, May 21, 2015: Moving Forward


Site Analyses

May 2014, Site Evaluation

July 29, 2014 - Overview of Village Hall Feasibility Study

For a list of all site studies completed by the Village and Library Boards, (including Village Hall studies from 2002, 2004, and 2019), visit


Previous Building Designs

May 2021 - 10th Avenue Preliminary Site Plan

September 2019 - Durst Road Concept Design Presentation (Version 2)

January 2018 - Glarner Park Design Presentation

January 2013 - West Side/Hwy 39 Design Presentation (Version 1)