The Library Planning and Construction department helps communities build new libraries or revitalize existing structures and serves as an advisor between them and state funding agencies.
Staff assist with the planning and funding of construction, remodeling, energy conservation, emergency preparedness, accessibility, space planning, and budgeting.
Planning and Construction manages two major programs for funding libraries: Capital Outlay and Major Repair and Renovation (MRR).
Capital Outlay Grants
This is a matching-funds program primarily for new library construction that also provides financial aid for full-facility renovations and large additions to existing facilities. Funding is allocated by state legislation and funded by General Obligation bonds through the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission.
Major Repair and Renovation (MRR) Grants
MRR is also a matching-funds program that assists library facilities with deferred maintenance projects and improvements. Typical projects range from structural issues to roof repair and HVAC replacement. It also assists with upgrades needed to help libraries meet the Americans with Disabilities Act’s Standards for Accessible Design.