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Over the next three years, Unalaska’s library is scheduled to undergo a major expansion.

City officials released a timeline for the renovation last month, after architects finished the preliminary design.

They plan to hire an engineer next winter to finalize the blueprints and then pick a construction company by early 2020.

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Generator upgrades. Library renovations. Even a new fire training facility.

These are just a few of the 18 projects that could receive city funding in the next fiscal year.

This week, the Planning Department presented the Unalaska City Council with an early draft of the 2019 Capital and Major Maintenance Plan, which totals almost $9.8 million.  

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Designers are closing in on a final renovation plan for Unalaska’s public library, and they’re looking to give readers a lot more room to maneuver.

This week, architect Brian Meissner presented a handful of redesign options to the community and the Unalaska City Council.

His goal is to address the 18-year-old library’s biggest drawback.

“You’re short on great places to read — and places for people to interact for studying or otherwise," said Meissner, of ECI Alaska Architecture. "Very short for a library and a population of this size.”

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What do you want from Unalaska’s library? What does the library do well? What could it do better?

Those were a few of the questions posed to 30 Unalaskans at the first public meeting assessing what users think could make the library better meet the needs of the community.

Overall, community members were vocal about their support for the library staff and services. But there was one overwhelming concern.