Lewis and Clark Library to explore potential for larger East Helena branch

Nolan Lister

The East Helena branch of Lewis and Clark Library much like the city itself is experiencing growth, and the library has formed an exploratory committee to find a new, larger home.

Lewis and Clark Library’s board of trustees on April 17 cemented the eight-person committee that includes Library Director John Finn, East Helena Branch Manager Andrea Eckerson and Lewis and Clark County Commissioner Andy Hunthausen among its ranks.

The library’s five-year lease on its current location, a 16 E. Main St. building erected around the turn of the 19th century, is up in two years.

Eckerson said the branch boasts about 1,200 cardholders and counting.

“Obviously this is a growing community,” Eckerson said. “We’re seeing more and more people coming in for basic services.”

The East Helena branch of the Lewis & Clark Library.

NOLAN LISTER, Independent Record

She said a couple visited Monday who “just wanted to see what their local library looks like because they are moving here soon.”

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She said the community “really

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