LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - New branches, expansion and renovations: some of the big changes in the works at Louisville Free Public libraries. Millions of dollars in improvements are underway. $17 million in capital improvements for the library system kicked off a couple years ago.
We were there Wednesday for a groundbreaking for a new $2 million library building in Fairdale. A blast from a bulldozer made way for a bunch of new books. An old police post on Manslick Road will be torn down for the new library.
It will replace the old library and more than double its size from about 3,312 square feet to 7,000. It will feature an open floor layout, more computers, books, and a children's section.
The library director expects it to be a draw for the whole community.
"If you see this building on this street, I think it will be the finest building in this neighborhood. People will see it right here, and it will encourage people to upgrade properties and make people proud of their neighborhood," Craig Buthod said.
The new Fairdale library is set to open next summer. Other library projects include a branch in Newburg, expansion in the Shawnee neighborhood and remodeling downtown after last year's flood.