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Building Project

The Ottawa Library is excited to announce a new chapter in our story. May of 2018, a committee was formed to discuss, research, and plan the future of the library. The committee spoke with library design specialists and architects, toured area libraries, and brainstormed the needs of the community and how those needs could be met.  


The Northeast Kansas Library System, NEKLS, interviewed and vetted several architecture firms. NEKLS​ chose a Lawrence-based group, Sabatini Architects, for member projects. The building committee has met with Sabatini Architects several times to come up with a beautiful, affordable library that meets the needs of the community while fitting the hometown feel of Ottawa.

Sabatini Architects

730 New Hampshire Suite 233

Lawrence, Kansas 66044


Building Committee

  • Cyndi Brewer, Youth Services Manager

  • Diane Caryl, Community Member

  • Terry Chartier, Executive Director

  • Lori Clayton, Circulation Manager

  • Vickie Hall, Friends of the Library Representative

  • Deb Henningsen, Board Member

  • Derrick Larcom, IT Specialist

  • Paula Patterson, Youth Services Librarian

  • Janet Peters, Community Member

  • Marilyn Resner, Library Staff

  • Liz Reusch, Former Board Member

  • Sheryl Servatius-Brown, InterLibrary Loan Librarian

  • Lisa Slavin, Adult Services & Marketing Manager

  • Susan Soph, Library Staff

  • Jeannette Weien, Community Member

  • Staci Weingartner, Administrative Assistant

  • Jean Woods, Reference Librarian and Volunteer Coordinator

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