About Your Library
The Library continued to operate in downtown Bayfield in the old bank building. Gradually, as Bayfield's population increased, so did its need for a larger and more modern building. A mill levy increase passed November 1999, and funding for new facilities became available. Construction started in 2001 and completed at the beginning of 2004. The Library began moving from its Mill Street location into the brand new facility on March 25, 2004.
In 2005, the Bayfield Public Library was renamed the Lavenia McCoy Public Library to honor the service of a woman who volunteered her time and skills over a sixty-year period. Today, Mrs. McCoy still serves on the Board. The Lavenia McCoy Public Library is located in the heart of the expanded business district on the north side of Highway 160. The 8,200 square foot Library includes 30 public computers, a large public meeting room with the capacity to seat 50, two smaller conference rooms, a children's area, comfortable chairs for reading, and a growing selection of books, magazines, audio, and video materials. Recent additions to the collection include online databases, downloadable media including audio, video, music, and e-books, GPS units, MP3 players, and flash drives. Over 200 patrons, representing between 28 and 35 different groups, use the public meeting room each month.
In March of 2007, the Library's collection size was 21,237. This includes books, audio, visual media, and periodicals. Also, as of March 2007, the patron count was 6,555.
A lot has changed over the last few years. At the end of 2011, the library had 7,175 active cardholders and a collection size near 40,000. In addition to adding more materials, the library also had increased the number of computers available and the number of programs offered. In 2011, the library welcomed 6,841 people to library programs. That is 1,000 more people than in 2010!
The library has always tried to offer a variety of programs for adults, children and teenagers. So far this year, the library has hosted cultural events, a Hunger Games program, and the most-successful Summer Reading Program ever!
In addition, the library is always adding new services and technology for patrons to try out. At the end of 2010,the library started offering ereader devices for check out. Today, the library has a collection of Sony ereaders, Nooks, and Kindles for patrons to test out.
In 2010 the Lavenia McCoy Public Library Board of Trustees voted to investigate the idea of expanding the library. The process yeilded a plan for a 4,000 square foot expansion. The project started July of 2012 and is expected to be complete by January 2013.