OTTERBEIN, Ind. (WLFI) — A nearly $1.4 million dollar project will add a parking lot, green space and new wing to the Otterbein Public Library.
It's part of the library's effort to become a centerpiece in the community.
The project replaces a blighted building on the town's Main Street that used to be a car dealership and gas station.
Library Director Letisha Provo says the previous owner sold the land to the library for $1.
She says the future of libraries is more than just books and this project is a chance to serve the community.
"The community needs that engagement, so that's what we've been doing is working on our programs internally to engage with our community and by conforming and changing this outside area, we are engaging with the community externally, as well," she says.
Provo says the library last year offered 234 programs and rented out its meeting spaces to more than 2,300 people.
She adds the library is outgrowing its current footprint.
"When the WiFi is used during our off-hours, we have people sitting on the curbs and sitting in their cars utilizing that," she says. "We would just like to offer some seating space outside."
She hopes the library will become a feature in Otterbein's street festivals and 150th anniversary events.