TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The main branch of the Vigo County Library sees more than 1,000 visitors a day and through a new project they hope to better serve the community.
“It’s a place where people congregate, it’s a place where groups can come together and network, and we really found to keep up with the needs of our customers we needed to make some changes to our infrastructure,” said Kristi Howe, Director of the Vigo County Public Library.
Renovations on the East Wing are slated to begin Monday and could take up to three weeks to complete.
“All new carpeting in this wing, and then we will be re-arranging the book stacks to create more user friendly reading spaces, study areas, and we will also be adding a new reference desk that will be highly visible,” said Howe.
Work on the West Wing will begin shortly after, lasting up to eight weeks.
“We’re going to be adding five study rooms, as well as a conference room. We have high demand for meeting room spaces, and we have a lot of tutors that work with students, so we are going to be creating some spaces where they can work in a more quiet, focused area,” said Howe.
The project has a hefty price tag costing $300,000 for the renovations, and $200,000 will go towards a teen area and re-arranging the youth section.
“We we’re very intentional when we created our operating budget for 2014. This is money that’s in our operating budget; it does not acquire an additional levy or any burden to the taxpayer,” said Howe.
It’s a transformation they hope will have a big payoff.
“I hope the library is seen as an updated, current, relevant institution in the community,” said Howe.
The board has also approved plans for a new branch facility in West Terre Haute in 2015.
The East Wing of the main branch will be closed to the public while under construction.
Staff members will be able to assist customers who need an item from that area.
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