As it celebrates a quarter century of existence, the White House Inn Library has become a victim of its own success.
The number of patrons with library cards has more than quintupled since the first year after the library’s opening. In fact, the total number of registered borrowers – 10,163 – is almost equal to the town’s total population of 10,255.
Over the years, the library’s collection of books has nearly quintupled, too – from 5,500 volumes to 25,250 – while the library’s size has not been expanded.
State Rep. Debra Maggart, State Rep. Joshua Evans and Secretary of State Tre Hargett will be working with White House Mayor Mike Arnold, White House City Administrator Gerald Herman and other community leaders to help the community on the border of Sumner and Robertson counties get a new library. A meeting of community leaders is expected to be held later this month to discuss the increased need for library services in the White House area.
“The work of this coalition is extremely important to the people of White House and the region,” said Rep. Evans. “This library has a longstanding history of enriching the community. This new facility will allow White House and the surrounding area to continue having that positive impact for future generations.”
“This is a worthwhile effort, and I am hopeful that we can work together to make this a reality,” said Rep. Maggart. “Many citizens in and around White House utilize the facility and it is a treasured part of the Sumner County community. I am proud to be part of a coalition of supporters who would like to see this institution preserved and a new structure built that meets the needs of Sumner Countians.”
Although the existing library building is owned by the city and located within the city limits, nearly two-thirds of its users live outside the city. Of those out-of-town library users, roughly half live in Robertson County and the other half live in Sumner County.
It is expected that the new library project will involve a broad coalition of stakeholders from the public and private sector.
“We are encouraged by the support we are receiving from state, county and local officials to move this project forward,” Administrator Herman said. “Many of our library users are unable to travel the 30- to 40-minute drive that is needed to visit a library in another city. We are geographically positioned for continued growth in population and with this growth we have a greater need for library services.”
“At a recent meeting with the Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Representative Maggart, and local officials, the ideas presented for a new library cooperative effort were indeed very exciting and re-energized the discussion for a needed 21st Century library plan for White House,” added Becky Bailey, library director for the Tennessee State Library and Archives’ Warioto Region, which includes White House.