Board selling naming rights for rooms inside planned library

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 21, 2015 at 2:21 p.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — The Columbus Public Library board hopes to raise more than $7 million by allowing people to name large spaces inside a proposed downtown library and cultural arts center.

Suggested donations for naming rights on 23 rooms range from $100,000 to $750,000, the Columbus Telegram (http://bit.ly/1GrMRGu ) reported. The sections include the children's library, computer library art gallery, auditorium and meeting room. Naming the entire library comes with the price tag of $1 million.

The sale of naming rights is expected to raise around 43 percent of the estimated $17.5 million needed to complete the project. Businesses and individuals can purchase a space in their name or use it as a memorial to honor someone else.

"Some of the items and spaces might not get sold, we don't know, but this is the starting point," said Library Director Drew Brookhart.

Guidelines state the board has the sole authority to determine if someone's name stays in the event the room or area is significantly altered.

The board also is considering letting people name smaller spaces and objects like statues and service desks at smaller donation levels.

___

Information from: Columbus Telegram, http://www.columbustelegram.com

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast