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Galesburg city leaders recently marked the silver anniversary of the town's only library, but now they say they need a new one.

They're planning to replace the current building with a $20,000,000 facility if state money comes through.

The current library was built as a temporary replacement for the city's Carnegie Library that burned down.

Aldermen say they haven't been able to build a new, permanent library because the city didn't have enough money, and a referendum to raise taxes for it failed twice.

But now, the city's board of trustees has design plans for a new facility, and aldermen say the city is ready to contribute 25 percent of the cost if the state can pay for the rest.

They say Governor Pat Quinn intends to create a capital plan for construction projects that would include libraries.

That money should be appropriated in the fall, but right now Galesburg is 13th on the list of library projects within the state.

"By demonstrating that we have this money in hand to do this project, we're hoping that we're going to bounce up onto that list," alderman Jeremy Karlin said. "Then hopefully we can get as high as fourth on the list."

City leaders say in addition to providing resources like books and internet access, the new library would act as a community center too.

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