The Northern Resource Center (NRC), in Belton, MO, received renovations in 2022. These enhancements included new computers, new furniture, and a reorganization of its 13,012 square feet. That allowed for more comfortable seating near the front of the library and a reimagined teen space.
An additional 3,675 square feet will soon be added, increasing the total space to 16,687 square feet to provide services and make it the largest library in Cass County. The expansion includes a multipurpose programming room, a conference room, and 2 study rooms, all of which can be reserved by patrons. The project also includes plans to add additional restrooms and renovate existing restrooms.
These upgrades are made possible by the passage of Proposition L, which voters overwhelmingly passed in 2020. The changes were in direct response to voter feedback gathered throughout that campaign and beyond. Library Director Dan Brower is excited to see the enhancements. “During the Proposition L campaign, the library said that it would provide welcoming spaces for patrons, and we’re making good on that promise. Without that additional funding, this would not have been possible. The improvements here at NRC will enable the library to continue providing great service to the growing communities in North Cass County for years to come.”
The building’s owner North Cass Development, CO., and Cass County Public Library have been coordinating to design a space suitable for everyone who visits the library. Work is set to begin in April 2023 with a projected completion of August 2023. The library expects to remain open during the renovations and any changes in service will be announced at casscolibrary.org.
The Northern Resource Center is located at 1741 E. North Ave. in Belton, MO, and serves approximately 60,000 residents in the communities of Belton, Peculiar, and Raymore.