Support Us Button Widget

The Sun Prairie Public Library is growing by leaps and bounds

The Sun Prairie Library’s renovation will increase its space by nearly 80%.

The exterior of the Sun Prairie Library with construction going on.jpg

The ribbon cutting for the renovated space at the Sun Prairie Library is plannned for March 2026. | Photo by 608today

A new chapter is being written for the Sun Prairie Library. By March 2026, the library will increase space by nearly 80% with new facilities for teens, artists, performances, and more.

In May, the Sun Prairie Library Board awarded Kraemer Brothers a construction contract, and work is now underway.

Library director Svetha Hetzler said, “I am really looking forward to a public library that will be able to serve our community today and for our next generation so that everyone has a place to thrive through literacy and life-long learning opportunities.”

An artist rendering of the exterior of the Sun Prairie Public Library after its expansion.jpg

The newly expanded Sun Prairie Public Library will have a March 2026 ribbon cutting. | Rendering via Sun Prairie Public Library

What

The expansion (from 25,075 sqft. to 60,00 sqft.) and renovation of the library includes:

  • Geothermal HVAC and a microgrid system with solar panels
  • Makerspace (think: recording studios, cooking and art demo spaces)
  • Library of Things (think: garden tools, kitchen equipment, hobby materials)
  • Dedicated teen space
  • Larger youth services programming room
  • Outdoor amphitheater
  • Study rooms
  • Larger bookstore and cafe space
  • Atrium
  • Art display areas

Why

Hetzler said, “Public library services and resources will better reflect the increasingly diverse identities, interests, and needs of our residents of all ages and backgrounds.”

Since the library opened in 1999, circulation has more than doubled, and programming has nearly tripled

How

The total cost of the project is $20 million. The City of Sun Prairie’s portion is $16.5 million. The Sun Prairie Library Foundation has raised $2.4 million of the remaining costs through an ongoing capital campaign.

More from 608today
A turn of phrase here, a recognizable Madison nod there — these craft beers found around Mad City take local pride seriously.
From Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, 2024, we’re shining a spotlight on the vibrant drink scene in Madison; check out our map of local drink deals.
Explore these dog-friendly places in Madison — from places to eat, drink, shop, exercise, swim, and stay the night with your four-legged friends.
Volunteer with Healthy Food For All at local farmers’ markets.
If you’re trying to get more involved in the community, here’s where you can start.
Sponsored
Huxley Yards is set to open in 2026.
The Wisconsin DNR is urging boaters to be safe over the holiday.
The Partisan Primary is only a month away, so we’re brushing up on the absentee voting process and deadlines.
Once booming, now barren. Let’s take a peek at some malls of Madison’s past — plus hope for the future.