Dover Public Library's Steering Committee will be housed in Wesley College as it kicks off its Capital Campaign in September.

    The city of Dover’s new Library Steering Committee has announced that Wesley College will provide office space to house the new library’s Capital Campaign office. The office, located in Wesley’s Scarborough Alumni House on South State Street, also houses Wesley’s Institutional Advancement Office.

    “We are so grateful to Wesley for making this in-kind donation to the city of Dover and supporting the library building project,” said Library Director Margie Cyr. “The office is located a block away from the current library which makes it very convenient for the staff and visitors. We have looked at a variety of spaces; and this offer is exactly what we needed at this point in the building project.”

    The Capital Campaign is in the planning phase and will begin actively in September. Horizon Philanthropic of Lewes is managing the capital campaign; and fundraising efforts will focus on seeking private, corporate, foundation donations and grants.

    The new building project’s budget is expected to be finalized this fall at the completion of the design and development phase. Approximately half of the money needed to fund the new library has already been raised through the city of Dover’s contribution, the Delaware Construction Bond Act, pledges by private organizations and individual donations. The current city contribution, pledges and donations are necessary to meet the matching requirements of the Construction Bond Act.

    “Wesley is pleased to provide an office for our colleagues associated with the library fund raising effort and through this action, the college can demonstrate its support for this worthy cause,” said Dr. William N. Johnston, president of Wesley College.