Frequently Asked Questions- NEW Louisville Public Library
a New Library?
Library programming has met with great success. We had over 17,600 people attend our
programs last year. We had more than 120,000 visitors to the
Library in 2015. The current building is
ADA accessible and lacks the ability to support a
library in the digital age. We are simply out of good usable space to serve our
10,000 library card holders.
Could more library space be created
by expanding the Louisville Elementary Library
and opening it up to the community,
similar to Plain Local Schools Library?
What about an addition to the Louisville Elementary?
Louisville Elementary School was not designed to operate as an independent library. At the time the Library Board visited both
Lake and Plain Local Libraries to see their operations. However, state law would prohibit the school from
building a community library without joint investment from the library.
Unfortunately, the library didn’t have the resources/funds in the timeframe the
schools needed to move forward with their planning. We also concluded there would be additional
costs to include a public library building that would not result in disruption
and danger to our elementary school children and this was more than the
school system and the library could afford.
the need for more physical space irrelevant with materials going digital?
A. The primary purpose of more space is
to enable even more library programming growth. The Library serves a range of library card
holders from those who love reading bound novels to those downloading books and
materials electronically. The library
expects the trend to continue moving toward the digital format and have
accounted for this in our planning.
LPL’s mission statement and strategic plan has changed over the
years. LPL is not just a place to
provide content, it has become a place of learning and access to new
technology. The library has evolved to
meet the needs of our community.
The library utilizes all of our
space including, the Old Post Office
which is used for the Friends of the Library Book Sales, Storage space, Movies
on the Green and the Historical Society as well as other community events.
Q. Why was the community told years ago that they would not ask
voters for anything other than an operating levy?
A. LPL has tried to raise the money
for the project from private donors or foundations. After meeting with community members,
foundations and hiring a research firm, it became clear this project could not
raise enough money to be funded without taxpayer support. Our new Library cannot be built
without the help of our community.
can’t the current building be used? Can you update or redesign the
present space? Would this be more cost
main problem/issue with the current building is the size and location. There is no room to expand. The
Library is currently landlocked
between a neighborhood and the elementary school. The building will be given to
the School District when the new Library is completed. The current library was built in an era of typewriters and
mimeograph machines before the internet, photo copiers, computers, 3D printers
and more. The power needs of today’s
library were beyond comprehension in the era the library was built.
did the LPL feasibility study show?
A. The feasibility report states: “Fifty-eight
percent of study participants indicated a willingness to participate on a
fundraising committee to help and/or influence others to support a campaign.”
Also there are very large signs around the city and township that were provided
by the community in order to show their support for this project.
Q. Is the support for a new building prevalent?
support to place this issue on the ballot again?
Support for the new building is prevalent. Feedback received after the election was that
some voters didn’t feel they had enough information, or they simply wanted to
know how much their taxes were going to increase due to the re-evaluation of
their property value before voting for the new library building.
Q. What is the size of the new Library and
where will it be built?
A. The proposed building is 18,500 square feet, to be located at
504 East Main Street next to the Old Post Office. It will house books, audio
visual materials, local historical items, computers, four rooms for library
programs plus support areas needed for the library operations. The building
will be equipped with Wi Fi and have
20 computers for member use. The
program rooms can be combined into one large room that can accommodate 200
people with tables and chairs and over 400 with auditorium style seating.
This space would also be available for community use when LPL is not having
programs. The parking area will provide space for estimated 132 vehicles.
What will be the cost be to the average
taxpayer of $100,000 home per year for this permanent improvement levy?
A. It will cost the average home owner $2.63 per month or $31.50 per year for
30 years. If the home owner has the Homestead Property Tax Rollback, then
the cost would be $1.97 per month or $23.62 per year for 30 years.
Q. Will LPL need to add to the operating levy if a new library
A. The cost of operating the new Library is budgeted to be similar or less than the cost of operating the
current building. The current
building does not have the efficiencies that could be put into place in the new
building. Potential revenues from building rentals were not included in the new
budget so the library will not be dependent upon rental income for operations.
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