The Adams County Library System (ACLS) will purchase a property on Fairfield Rd. at the west edge of Gettysburg from the United Lutheran Seminary to house a new, modern, library facility.
The property is located between Route 116 and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.
The new facility will replace the Gettysburg branch of the ACLS, currently located at the corner of Baltimore and High Streets in Gettysburg,
The property includes the seminary’s Aberly, Heiges and Stuempfle Halls. The seminary will continue to use and maintain those three buildings through June 30, 2024, while they renovate Baughman Hall, which will meet the Seminary’s future housing needs.
ACLS said it had explored several possibilities for a new Gettysburg branch with the goal of finding a location that could expand library services, provide adequate space for programs and meetings, and provide ample parking while remaining walkable.
The library said the Seminary location met each of these requirements.
“The new building is needed to meet the needs of a library in the 21st century, making it possible to anticipate and adapt to changing interests, services, and delivery methods for the county,” said ACLS Executive Director Laura Goss. “There is no additional capacity available at our current site and so it is more cost-effective to build a new library due to the inefficiencies of the 1914 structure.”
The new “headquarters” library will include flexible space that will accommodate current and future needs, including a single level for easier access and efficient use of staff, expanded areas to accommodate traditional library use, use of technology, and expanded educational programs/activities for all ages.
In addition to being the largest branch, the headquarters building also supports the five additional branches with administrative services and support for materials, movement of collections between buildings, and technology.
Goss said the ACLS will conduct additional studies to further clarify community needs and capacity for a new building.
“Both ULS and ACLS believe the plans for a new library at this location will help create a welcoming western gateway to Gettysburg and will benefit both institutions and the entire community,” said Goss.
Featured image caption: Approximate location of the property that will house the new library. The numbered buildings on the property are Aberly, Heiges, and Stuempfle Halls.