The Anderson Public Library has been serving the community for a number of years at its location on Main Street. However, as Anderson County and Lawrenceburg grew, services and available space at the library became strained as more patrons visited the library. The library’s board of trustees decided to approve a major expansion project last year to not only align with space requirements from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Public Library Standards, but also to help better serve the community.
The Main Street building before the expansion is just over 13,000 square feet. The library will be expanded to nearly 22,000 square feet, utilizing the space available at the back entrance. Contracting with architectural firm, Brandstetter Carrol, the new library will feature more community space and dedicated areas for children and teens.
One of the larger parts of the expansion will be a new, dividable meeting room that can seat 90 people. The library board felt that this new room, fully equipped with projection technology and completely free to reserve, will greatly help the community at large.
The children’s and teen’s areas are also seeing a major change. Space was very limited for children’s programming in the original library, but the expansion will provide a dedicated programming area with a stage as well as an amphitheater outside. The teen’s area will also be a separate section.
The original library space will be repurposed during the construction. A special maker space will be carved out for crafter groups as well as those who use high tech tools, like a green screen for students wanting to make a video. The local history room will be relocated to the old Pierian Club building. The main book collection will be able to expand to well over 100,000 volumes, and there will be charging ports throughout the building to charge patron’s cellphones and technology.
Outside, the parking lot will be expanded to include 33-37 more parking spots. Landscaping will include indigenous and easy to care for plants. The Friends of the Library building will remain in the same location and should continue to operate sales during the construction.
To start the expansion, the library moved out of the Main Street location to 1030B Industry Road and reopened on September 26th, 2016. It will remain at the temporary location during the construction process and will move back to the newly expanded location during the summer of 2017. This site is dedicated to documenting the process of the expansion project.