The Fremont District Library intends to start work in May to more than double the size of the St. Anthony branch library. By winter, the library is expected to be the largest in Fremont County.
The St. Anthony Branch will expand into adjoining space that was previously occupied by a doctor’s office. The city of St. Anthony owns the entire complex, including the 3,100-square-foot space that the library now leases.
The city invited the library to expand into the former doctor’s space, which decades ago was a U.S. Forest Service office, Library Director Rashell Cardell said.
Right now, the largest branch library in Fremont County is in a former church in Ashton, where the library district office is located. The 7,116-square expanded St. Anthony Branch will give Fremont County’s largest city the largest library branch, Cardell said.
“I don’t think we ever anticipated we’d be fortunate to get this this space,” she said.
The new space will enable the St. Anthony Branch to expand its children’s section, which is now in a small room not ideally suited for a children’s section, Cardell said.
The $250,000 expansion will also include a community room, a young adult section, storage space and the branch’s first restroom accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The existing library entrance is on the back side of the building, and has the ambience of a rear entrance.
“With the new addition, we will have a door from the front entrance of the building, which will be a lot more aesthetic,” Cardell said.
NBW Architects of Idaho Falls is the architect. A general contractor has not been selected yet.