HENDERSON, Ky. – This spring, the Henderson County Public Library District will begin an expansion and renovation project that will add more than 18,000 square feet to the existing 21,600 square feet space to provide increased library services and opportunities for Henderson County residents.
Additions and improvements include an expanded teen department, quiet study rooms, a tech-friendly “Maker Space,” a dedicated computer training lab, and large-group meeting rooms with a catering kitchen.
“Expanding the library is vitally important in allowing us to better serve a broad range of community members from various socio-economic and educational backgrounds,” says Library Director Caleb May. “We are committed to bringing more opportunities to the Henderson County patrons we serve.
"Our Library Board of Trustees, our staff, and the community have worked together with architects and planners to design this new library space to function efficiently, while providing means to improve life-long learning, offer a public gathering space, and a safe place for families," May added. "Our Trustees have planned our finances for many years and we are prepared to contribute $2 million to the project at the beginning. The remaining $6.4 million required for the project will be financed through tax-exempt general bonds. “
The library will break ground in March or April, with completion by fall/winter 2020.
Plans for the expansion & renovation may be viewed at the library and also in a special display window at the former JC Penney’s building downtown.
In addition to library staff, the expansion/remodeling team includes Hafer Design, Skinner Design Associates, and Empire Construction.