March 7, 2021

Indiana: Indianapolis City-County Council Approves $58.5 Million Library Upgrade Program

From the Indianapolis Star:

The City-County Council on Monday approved an ambitious $58.5 million modernization effort that will allow the Indianapolis Public Library to upgrade more than a third of its branches.

The proposal, which passed 25-2 with broad bipartisan support, will allow the library to move forward on a plan approved this spring to relocate five neighborhood branches in an effort to better meet the needs of a shifting population. It also would fund upgrades to five existing locations and create a new branch in Lawrence Township.

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After sailing through committee with ease after just one meeting, the bonds were approved without controversy Monday, with council members praising Nytes for a proposal they said had broad public support.

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Over the next six years, the library would borrow $40.7 million to build five replacement facilities for the Brightwood, Eagle, Flanner House, Fountain Square and Glendale branches. The library also seeks $9.7 million to fund a new branch in Lawrence Township and $8 million to upgrade its existing branches.

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Additional Coverage: Council OKs $59 million bond issue for library (via Indianapolis Business Journal)

See Also: Video Interview with IPL CEO Jackie Nyte  About the Plan (Recorded Last Month)
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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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