Ohio: Cuyahoga County Public Library’s $110 Million Renovation Project Turns Branches Into Community Gathering Spots
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The Cuyahoga County Public Library, one of the busiest in the country, is in the midst of replacing and renovating 18 of its 28 branches. It began its design plans in 2011, revealing a project that would work to turn the atmosphere of libraries into something similar to bookstores, making it easier for residents to browse, enjoy coffee and exchange ideas without being harped on.
Today, the project has gone far beyond planning. This year, the system opens new branches in Olmsted Falls, Mayfield, Garfield Heights, North Royalton and two in Parma.
“It has been an exciting success story,” said Sari Feldman, the executive director of the library.
The changes won’t cost residents any new taxes. To pay for the $110 million project, the library system, which serves 47 communities, sold $75 million in bonds in August 2010.
Of the remaining $35 million, $25 million came from the library’s capital funds. The other $10 million will come from private donors.
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