Boise & Garden City

Boise Library’s Bown Crossing branch set for groundbreaking Wednesday

How the Bown Crossing library branch should look by the end of 2016.
How the Bown Crossing library branch should look by the end of 2016. City of Boise

Boise’s long-awaited Bown Crossing library is scheduled to be open by the end of next year.

The city of Boise is contributing all but $1 million of the budgeted cost from a taxpayer-funded account set aside for large projects.

That $1 million will come from the Boise Library’s fundraising organizations.

The city has long desired a branch at Bown Crossing in East Boise. In 2008 and 2009, the city opened branches on the corner of Cole and Ustick roads, the corner of Collister Drive and State Street, and in the Hillcrest Shopping Center on the corner of Orchard Street and Overland Road.

The Bown Crossing’s 50,000 items compare to 55,000 items in the Cole and Ustick branch and 20,000 to 30,000 in the Hillcrest and Collister branches, library director Kevin Booe said.

A total of 38 desktop computers and 12 mobile devices — tablets or laptops — will be available for public use, Booe said. There will be space to park 106 cars and 70 bikes, he said.

The Bown branch also will boast a variety of features that will demonstrate some possibilities for environmentally friendly design, Booe said, including permeable pavement in parking spaces, a charging station for electric vehicles, day-lit interior spaces, roofing material designed for solar energy, bio-swale stormwater management, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems.

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Library branch groundbreaking

The event starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday west of South Bown Way and south of East Riverwalk Drive in Bown Crossing.

For more information, call (208) 972-8258 or visit