East Branch Project

Looking Back & Looking Forward

In 1982, the North Branch of the Brown County Library on N. Irwin Avenue in Green Bay closed.  Its replacement was the new East Branch, located at 2255 Main Street, where it remains today.  Since that time, the branch has been a hub of activity – serving all ages on the east side of Green Bay and northeast Brown County.  Over the years, it became evident that the branch had outgrown its space, and therefore, was limited in the services and programs it could offer. 

After years of searching and exploring options for a new library, the property right next door was purchased and is now the home of the future East Branch.  The conveniently located and familiar site features 16,500 square feet – nearly triple the current library’s footprint!

Designed for the community, this library will be an exciting environment in which people can connect to a diverse platform of information, opportunities, and services.  The Brown County Library is committed to providing free access to curated resources and services; designing and delivering early learning and literacy programs for children and families; and investing in technology to bridge digital and opportunity gaps.

The new library will contain inviting and comfortable adult reading areas, a young adult area, a children’s area, meeting and study rooms, and a calming room.  The marketplace will feature a fireplace and a coffee nook. High-speed WiFi, checkout stations, computers, and a business center are just a few conveniences that will be offered.  

Exterior amenities include a drive-up window, an outdoor garden/green space, and ample parking for library patrons.  The outdoor commons area will showcase native plantings, a play space designed for children, a pathway, and a variety of seating.

The new library is expected to open in October 2023.

Project Budget

Project Budget

Land & Building                      $   939,945

Construction                           $ 3,944,481

Equipment                               $  750,000

Design                                     $   297,674

Project Management              $   250,000

Subtotal before contingency $ 6,182,100  

5% Contingency costs            $   197,224

GRAND TOTAL                       $ 6,379,324

Naming-Rights Initiative

Impact on Community

By investing in the Naming-Rights Initiative, you will enable Brown County Library to better serve a growing and diverse population on Green Bay’s east side with programming and technology, in a larger facility that is easily accessible for local residents.

Community Partnership

The Brown County 1/2% sales tax surplus is funding this project but your investment in naming-rights will maximize what the sales tax is making happen by taking our library and its services to the next level.  With your help, the new East Branch Library will be elevated with:

art and cultural integration in spaces and programs

enhanced outdoor gathering space with additional landscaping

interactive outdoor spaces for all ages

enhanced quality of life for the community

Naming Rights Investment: $1.5 million

Please contact the library’s Executive Director, Sarah Sugden, to further discuss this opportunity.
920-448-5810 | sarah.sugden@browncountywi.gov

Designated Donations Other gifts to support the new East Branch may be mailed to: Brown County Library, ATTN: New East Branch | 515 Pine Street | Green Bay, WI 54301