May 29, 2022

Kansas: “Plan for Wichita’s New Central Library Gets Scaled Back”

From The Wichita Eagle:

Wichita’s library board has a new, leaner plan for the proposed central library on the southwest corner of Second and McLean: Start smaller, serve targeted needs and grow the facility as needed.

Today, that board will ask the Wichita City Council to pursue a scaled-down new library building to replace the 90,000-square-foot pre-fabricated concrete structure near Century II downtown, a 1967 building ill-equipped to support the library’s evolution from a collection of books and magazines into a curator for electronic information, city and library officials say.

The council will be asked to clear the way for a smaller-scale, more affordable library costing $30 million or less, at least 20 percent under current project estimates, in a nod to the city’s ongoing budget crunch, which is expected to last through 2014. The scaled-back library would be built to accommodate expansion possibilities as needs and money dictate. Meanwhile, the library’s foundation has agreed to launch a fundraising campaign to supplement the city’s contribution.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.