New southside Lafayette library breaks ground

Tippecanoe County Public Library broke ground on its newest location Tuesday.

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 11:50 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Public Library broke ground on its newest location Tuesday.

The southside Lafayette branch is now the third neighborhood library a part of TCPL.

Community members, local leaders and the county librarian attended the groundbreaking to see how the new chapter will begin in Lafayette.

It may be 14,500 square feet, but this land offers something tiny and tangible like your very own library card.

A cheerful community member turns back the page on the first book he ever checked out.

"I was nine years old and I remember the thrill of taking the first book out of my local library," said Joseph Briller.

The Brooklyn native and former teacher Joseph Briller and his wife Joan moved to West Lafayette within the last three years and are adamant that books, libraries and education are essential in everyday life.

"This is an experience that was for hundreds of years what people thought of when they thought of reading and learning and it has a place to continue," said Joan Briller.

"You learn history, geography, culture, art, music just about anything that is in a book and it becomes a very important part of your general knowledge," said Joseph Briller.

It's that general knowledge that the county librarian wants the new location to improve.

The single-story brick library will include areas for the youth, young adults and adults.

There will be private and public meeting rooms, 24/7 drop-off slots and more than enough parking.

Jos Holman says the new location appeals to all.

"Though we think about books, the library is very much digital oriented as well so we have a number of digital resources that are available to folks," said Holman.

The library will be available come February of 2020.

Holman describes the currently nameless library as a place for inspiration.

"A building that is set on a hill that really becomes a beacon for the community," said Holman.

Currently the library doesn't have an exact address but it is located on the corner of South 18th Street and East 430 South.

It's right across the street from Wea Ridge Elementary School.

TCPL said it chose the location because of the students and the proximity to the neighborhoods.

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