MARION, Iowa — If library officials in the eastern Iowa city of Marion have their way, the city will get a new library that can accommodate a burgeoning population and the public’s need for internet access.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that the proposed public library would be twice the size of the current one and include apartments and commercial space.

The new library would sit at the corner of 7th Avenue and 12th Street, where a strip mall now sits, and is estimated to cost between $12 million and $16 million. The board thinks it can be built without a bond issue, instead using a capital campaign, local sales tax revenue and other financing options.

Several public hearings on the proposal will be held through October.

Information from: KCRG-TV,