Johnson County Library is in the early stages of design process for an $8.7 million renovation project at the Central Resource Library, the system hub located at 9875 W. 87th Street.
There are four main areas that will see changes as part of this project:
- the kids area
- the teens area
- the public computer area
- and the drive-thru.
Johnson County Library is hosting a public input meeting at the Central Resource Library Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The session will include a presentation and specific questions for feedback.
“We want to hear from the public on how you use the space now, what you might like to keep the same and what you might like to see different,” Johnson County Library Project Coordinator Scott Sime said.
Currently, the project plans show relocating the kids and public computer areas, and refreshing the teens area. The drive-thru will remain in the same spot (on the west side of the west side of the building), but will include a new service for patrons to pick up items they have on hold. Here’s a look at the initial conceptual layout:
The design phase and documentation phase is anticipated to last for the larger part of this year, with construction to begin in late 2020. Sime said there is no plan to close the library during renovations, as it is “a big draw for the community and to close it is a big deal.”
Sime said Johnson County Library worked with a consultant in late 2014 to develop a comprehensive library master plan, which included a recommendation as to the order in which the branches should be renovated. The main goal for the upcoming renovations is to make Central Resource — which was last renovated in 2015 with the same intention— as future flexible as possible, Sime said.
“We know the community’s needs are going to change,” Sime said. “We want to make sure that we can get in there and adapt the building to what the community needs without a whole lot of time and expense.”
Sime said the meeting should provide all the context and background, but that it would be good for those who plan to attend to come in with two ideas: how they use the public spaces, and how they want to use the public spaces. The meeting will be held in the Central Resource’s Carmack Room.
Additionally, for those interested in the project but unable to attend the meeting, there is an online submission form with questions similar to those that will be asked at the meeting. The online submission form can be found here. Sime said there are no plans to postpone the meeting due to weather at this time.