Growing to serve you better.
The Elk Rapids District Library (ERDL) has been located in the historic Island House in the center of the Elk Rapids community for 70 years. It serves the community in a multitude of ways: creating educational opportunities for people of all ages, sparking creativity, serving as a gathering place for personal and social enrichment, and as an icon that enhances the appeal and charm of Elk Rapids for residents and visitors alike.
Library visitors love the location and beauty of the facility, but they want more: comfortable seating, quiet reading and work spaces, more programs and activities, better access to technology and training, a larger children’s area, a place for teens, more collaborative spaces, a bigger/better space for programs and meetings, and a broader range of materials.
As a designated Michigan Historic Site, there are unique challenges to adapting the Island House to the evolving needs of a modern public library. Working with the highly qualified combined design team of architectural firms HopkinsBurns Design Studio and Daniels and Zermack Architects, the ERDL Board has developed conceptual plans for a 6,300sf addition to the Island House Library that complements and retains its historic designation and also includes the restoration of some architectural elements of the original structure.
The $5 million capital campaign to expand and restore the historic Island House Library is an opportunity to build on the beauty and history of a community treasure and ensure the success and vitality of a valuable asset for today’s users and future generations.