$11 Million upgrade for the West Lafayette Public Library

The West Lafayette City Council voted in favor to give the Library $11 Million to upgrade and add certain new features.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 5:36 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 9:45 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The West Lafayette City Council voted in favor to give the Library $11 Million to upgrade and add certain new features.

"We've learned we just need more space for those young minds to come in and get creative, learn new things, learn to work with others and also learn how to study on their own," stated Library Director, Nick Schenkel.

The Library's goal is to expand the children, teen and adult sections.

"We want to have as many materials for them as possible. Many books, and music and videos, and games to look through as possible, and for that, we need more space," added Schenkel.

Overall, 3 million dollars will go towards maintenance-including a new AC system and a brand new roof.

"There are other parts of the building that just need some touch-up, some significant change. The roof is one, things that you're going to find in your everyday life," said Schenkel.

Regular Library user, Ann Fields Monical, said she hopes the new project will help attract more people to come in and read.

"They already do a lot of great and wonderful things so, I think having this space will allow them to do more programs- which then would allow more people to use the space," said Monical.

In addition to expanding space for teens and children, they are hoping to add a new entrance to the building on Northwestern Avenue.
Schenkel says construction is set to begin summer of 2020 and will be completed by spring 2022.

Schenkel says he does not expect for the library to close during renovations, but that there will be some rooms unavailable.

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