Work progresses on new Ferndale library

FERNDALE - The Ferndale Public Library began taking shape this week as crews with Faber Construction of Lynden began framing exterior walls.

The new library - a a $4.7 million project that's been some seven years in the making - is being built on city land on Main Street near City Hall, overlooking Schell Marsh. The project should be finished in July.

The project to build the 15,000-square-foot library is a collaboration of the city of Ferndale, Whatcom County Library System and Whatcom Community Foundation. Money for the project is coming from the city of Ferndale, private donations, grants and bonds, including a $550,000 bond Ferndale voters approved in April 2013 to fill a funding gap.

The new, larger library will have views of Mount Baker along with four atriums and numerous skylights that allow natural light into the building.

The library will have a community room that will accommodate up to 80 people, a conference room for groups of 12 to 14, plus two smaller study rooms. The building is designed so the community and conference rooms will be accessible after hours for community organizations and clubs to use.

To learn more about the new library, go to newferndalelibrary.org.