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Otto Bremer Trust Awards $150,000 Grant to Story Builder Campaign

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in downtown Eau Claire and its Story Builder expansion campaign are excited to receive a $150,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust. And! A $50,000 portion of this grant is matching dollar-for-dollar, meaning those who donate soon can double their impact. This generous gift will bring expansion funding to almost 95% of the total project cost of $18.5M. (The City of Eau Claire has invested $11.5M to renovate the library’s failing mechanical systems while the Story Builder campaign is raising an additional $7M in private funds to expand and enhance the library’s physical space.)

Support the Library for Generations to Come!

Library Expansion Concepts by MSR Design

Click images for a closer look. (Updated Jan. 2021)

We’re almost there!
We need your help to cross the finish line and meet our $7M private fundraising goal!

What’s New?

Campaign Overview Video

60-Second Campaign Videos

20-Second Campaign Videos

Current Fundraising Progress

Below: Funds needed and secured as a percentage of project cost rounded to nearest whole number ($18.5M). Click the chart for a closer look.

Below: Gifts needed and secured by gift range ($7M private fundraising goal) Click the chart for a closer look.

The need is real. The time is now.


  • 1996 – 398,486
  • 2019 – 799,420

Circulation has more than doubled, from loaning 398,486 items in 1996 to 799,420 items in 2019.


  • 1996 – 317
  • 2019 – 798

Programs offered annually increased from 317 events in 1996 to 798 events in 2019.


  • 1996 – 13,070
  • 2019 – 32,693

Attendance in programs has risen from 13,070 attendees in 1996 to 32,693 attendees in 2019.

Space Increase

  • 1976 – 61,000 Sq. ft.
  • 2019 – 61,000 Sq. ft.

Based on the growth in our services and in our community, there is a need for an increase in usable space.

Writing the future of our library.

Chapter One

The Need is Real, the Time is Now
Library use is up, and every space in the current building is full.

Chapter Two

Building the Library Builds the Economy
The library provides both initial and continuing education for the area’s workforce.

Chapter Three

An Important Downtown Destination
The community has been relying more and more on the library’s services, materials, and spaces as a hub for civic life.

Chapter Four

Room for Everyone
The Story Builder campaign will ensure that the library will be there for people at every stage of life.

Chapter Five

Making It Work
The expanded library will make it possible to get more from your tax dollar.

Chapter Six

Be Part of the Story
How you can help!

Let’s build this together!