Commerce Public Library

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Building Restoration Project

Building restoration

Before the portico restoration


After the restoration

The Commerce Public Library is seeking help from the citizens of Commerce to restore and preserve the city's once lovely nearly 100 year old library building.  The library restoration effort desperately needs the community's financial support.

During the summer of 2013, Mike Hudson, an area contractor, worked restoring the Library’s portico. The process was painstaking and labor-intensive as he scraped, sanded, and removed decayed wood on the vintage structure in preparation for repairs and new paint.  The results are amazing and hints at what the building could look like fully restored.

Although the library building is owned by the city of Commerce, the Friends of the Commerce Public Library, a private non-profit corporation which owns the library’s collections, pays the staff and oversees operations, is funding the restoration work. 

Several thousand dollars were raised during the “Save the Library” campaign in May and June, 2012. Also in spring 2012, the library was able to replace the building’s old and failing air conditioning system due to a generous grant from the First United Methodist Foundation.

The current restoration campaign has raised more than $30,000 towards the goal of getting the library ready for its 100th birthday. However, those funds are dwindling and there is still much restoration work to be done.  In order to finish work on the portico, the library has had to dip into its savings. 

The Commerce Public Library needs the community's financial support now more than ever.  All donations are tax deductible and will go directly toward making this historic building once again something our community can be proud of.

Corporate and individually recognized sponsorships are available. For information or to donate to the library restoration fund, please call the library at 903-886-6858, send e-mail to director@commercepubliclibrary.org, or click below to donate online.

The following documents explain the needs and projected costs of the Restoration Project:

Structural Engineers Report (report of the present condition of the building and recommendations for repair and restoration)

Library Cost Items (List of repairs needed, including estimated costs, broken into 5 distinct, prioritized phases)

If you wish to donate to this cause, click to access a Donation form to print out and mail to the Library.

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