Library Sustainability Plan
The Brown County Library community consists of nine branches and a bookmobile to serve the 249,192 residents of Brown County. With a half million books and media in its collection and 2,900 program events annually, the Brown County Libraries are popular places. Over 1.4 million visits are made to a Brown County Library every year. In addition, 110,000 people attend one or more program events as part of the Library’s educational mission. The 500,000 items owned by the Library are checked out 2.6 million times annually for a recycling rate of 5 uses per book, DVD, or CD. Since the first library in Brown County was founded in 1889, the Library may qualify as the first governmental unit in the county to ‘recycle’ materials.
The Brown County Library has nine library buildings. Six of the libraries are concentrated in the dense population in and around Green Bay. Three branch libraries serve the parameter areas of Brown County – Denmark, Wrightstown, and Pulaski. These three libraries, along with the East (Green Bay) Branch, are rented spaces. Each has a slightly different purveyance. The Denmark Branch is a combination high school and public library, housed in the Denmark High School. The Wrightstown Branch is located in a strip mall and was expanded in 2007, with the assistance of a local fund-raising group. The Pulaski Branch is located in the old Pulaski Town Hall. The East Branch is located in a retail shopping center.
In 2009, General Energy Corporation (GEC), a firm specializing in energy conservation methods, conducted a study of the five Brown County Library buildings owned by the County Library:
- Central Branch Library 515 Pine Street, Green Bay
- Southwest Branch Library 974 Ninth Street, Green Bay
- Ashwaubenon Branch Library 1060 Orlando Drive, Ashwaubenon
- Kress Family Branch Library 333 N. Broadway, DePere
- Weyers-Hilliard Branch Library 2680 Riverview Drive, Howard
The firm reviewed ventilation systems, heating systems, cooling systems, control systems and water systems for each location. They charted plug loads and analyzed utility use and benchmarked. They measured temperature and humidity trends. Twenty-six Energy Conservation Methods (ECM) were suggested, with priorities, price range and possible return on investment provided.
The Library Sustainability Plan, adopted by the Library Board in 2009 has directed the implementation and/or completion of the suggested ECMs.
Details are outlined in the following documents: