The new Pinney Library will become the heart of the east side in the same way that Sequoya Library serves the west side. The foundation wanted it to meet the needs of industrious east siders who have a voracious appetite for lifelong learning, creativity and the sharing of knowledge.
The foundation raised $1.6 million in private funds for the $10.2 million project. Capital expenses will consumed $1.2 million of that total, with an additional $400,000 raised for library’s endowment and future programming.
Why Did We Need a New Library?
To become a first-rate library like the recently completed Meadowridge and Goodman South Madison libraries, Pinney had to relocate and expand. The current library was too small and couldn’t keep up with visitors’ demands. Its program room was often beyond capacity, computer stations were full, and study/lounge seating was inadequate.
An increasing number of residents near Pinney are underserved, and at several public schools within the library’s service area, more than 77 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
Pinney also will serve a growing number of seniors, especially those just steps away in the 55-and-over housing adjacent to the library. This population is eager to gain new digital skills; attend educational, life-enriching programs; and interact with other community members.
Who Uses Pinney Library?
Pinney Library serves the Eastmorland, Lake Edge and Schenk-Atwood neighborhoods, along with thousands of students who attend the 12 schools within a few miles of the library. But Pinney’s reach goes well beyond these areas to Monona and Cottage Grove while also drawing visitors devoted to its diverse programs. It’s the third-busiest library of Madison Public Library’s nine locations.
About the Project
The new Pinney Library is pedestrian-friendly, with Madison Metro bus access, plenty of bike racks and lots of parking. It will be a model building for sustainability, with the hopes of attaining LEED Gold certification.
Other planned features include:
- an expanded, flexible program room that seats 100
- improved spaces for teens and children
- updated technology, including a laptop checkout program
- an outdoor space for events and programs
- a quiet reading area
- a drive-through book drop
Thank You to Our Campaign Committee
Thank you to The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library Committee for its volunteer work in raising funds for the library. Members included Allen Arntsen, Paul Hoffmann, Heather Clefisch, Sarah Lawton, Phil Plourd, Jeff Ruedebusch, Miriam Simmons, Vern Stenman, Bill White and Tripp Widder.
Thank You for Your Gifts!
We’re grateful for every donation to our campaign. View a list of all Pinney campaign donors here.