Library Expansion Project

Exterior rendering of the new entrance to the library expansion

Walk-through of Conceptual Design



Recommended Conceptual Design

On December 9, 2021, the Sun Prairie Public Library Board approved the recommended conceptual design for the Sun Prairie Public Library’s expansion and renovation. The design can be viewed here.


The conceptual design process officially began in July with FEH Design. Previously, FEH Design worked with the Sun Prairie Public Library in 2018 on an architectural analysis, which demonstrated the need for an expansion and rehabilitation of our facility.  Since July, architects, designers, and engineers with FEH Design and Library Planning Associates (LPA) met with the Next Chapter Team. The Next Chapter team consists of library management team, library board members, library foundation, City of SP sustainability and media center staff, FEH Design and LPA. The team met regularly to review goals for success and the spaces, resources, and design best suited to accomplish these goals. 


In addition to regular meetings with the Next Chapter Team, FEH Design also held focus group discussions with Sun Prairie Public Library staff, the Sun Prairie Youth and Family Commission, the City of Sun Prairie Sustainability Task Force, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee to the Sun Prairie Public Library Board. On October 27, FEH Design also held a full-day in-person SPARK Session followed by a 2-hour formal presentation. These meetings helped shape and adjust the features and scope of the design. After the SPARK Session, five concepts were developed.


The Next Chapter Team met on November 9th and narrowed the five concepts down to three. Those three concepts were presented to the Library Board on November 11th. The recommended concept was approved by the Library Board on December 9th.


The recommended concept ensures we meet the community’s needs for the next 20 years and is based on the latest census data, Dane County Library standards, post-pandemic considerations, environmental sustainability features, community resiliency, technological needs, community partnerships, and media center collaboration. The recommended design includes: 1) a collaborative library and media center makerspace, 2) outdoor programming spaces, 3) expanded collection and display, 4) more indoor programming space, 5) dedicated teen space, 6) additional study rooms, 7) sensory room, 8) single user accessible restrooms, 9) improved staff work spaces, 10) sustainability features such as solar panels, led lighting, and thermal efficiency, 11) atrium space and delivery lockers for before and after hours access, 12) drive-up window, 13) enhanced bookstore and café space, and 14) local history space.


The construction is anticipated to begin in 2024 and the total projected cost for the expansion and renovation is $23,516,034.


History of the Project


For more information on the history of the Library Expansion, click here, to read about the Architectural Analysis in 2018, and the Conceptual Design process. 



The next steps are:

  • Full design (2023)
  • Design workshops & presentations (2023)
  • Capital campaign--public phase (2023)
  • Construction begins (2024)
  • 25th anniversary of Linnerud Drive library building (2024)
  • Ribbon cutting for expanded building (2024)

2023 Full Design Meetings

Additional Information
If you have additional questions, or would like to support the future needs of the Sun Prairie Public Library, contact Svetha Hetzler, Library Director at 825-0900 or by email at