BEND, OR -- The Deschutes Public Library System has bought almost 13 acres of land for a new library in north Bend. Central Oregon Daily reports the $1,350,000 dollar purchase price is for land on Highway 20 near the sheriff’s office. Plans call for a 115-thousand square foot library with larger book collections and more meeting spaces. The library will also ask voters to approve a bond measure in November. In addition to the new library, the bond would pay for improvements to all county libraries including doubling the size of the Redmond library. Library board members will get an estimated price tag from architects, who will present final design plans, at their March 11th meeting. For more information click here.