Downtown Library Renovation ’23-’24

  • The South Street Entrance to the parking lot is closed for the duration of the project.
  • The Friends of the Library have changed their book donation procedure.
  • The Swezey Room of Indiana History and the Family Memory Center are now open!
  • A few small collections are unavailable for browsing, staff may be able to retrieve individual items upon request.

Overview

In March 2023 demolition started on an 18 month project. Renovation of the 49,000 square-foot (1989) building is part of a 15-year vision by the Board of Trustees. For more information and questions, contact County Librarian Jos N. Holman.

Online e-services, including access to the TIPCAT catalog, will continue with few interruptions. Databases with comprehensive collections of newspapers, reference and research resources, homework help, and DIY repair information are also available. Most allow remote access with a TCPL card.

General Contractor: MattCon General Construction, Inc.

Owner’s Representative: Kettelhut Construction, Inc.

Architectural firm: Cordogan Clark, Inc.

Estimated budget: $6-$6.5 million dollars

Updates

July 2023 – The new nonfiction, circulation and men’s restroom are almost finished. Work has started on the exterior to add a greenspace to the Red Crown mini museum/24 Hour Library area and the South Street Entrance. In August work will start on the North side of the interior adult space.

November 2023 – Work on the North side of the library, inside and outside is almost complete. In January we should be able to reopen most of the stacks for browsing. The work will then move to the Youth side of the building. Youth materials will be temporarily located near the Swezey Room of Indiana History.

March 2024 – We are quickly headed toward the finish line. The Youth room is moving along nicely and this summer we will wrap up with work on the parking lot entrance and meeting rooms. We are aiming to re-open the youth room around May 2nd with a small celebration.

Downtown Renovation Progress 80%

Progress pictures

Architectural Drawings