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Louisville building new $14.5M public library

The 40,000 square foot library will be similar to the recently opened Southwest Regional Library.
The new Louisville public library will cost an estimated $14.5. million and serve more than 160,000 people in south central Jefferson County. 

Louisville, Ky. – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and members of the community officially broke ground on the new South Central Regional Library on Sept. 18 in Okolona.

The 40,000-s.f. library, at the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and McCawley Road, will be similar to the recently opened Southwest Regional Library.

This state-of-the-art building will replace the considerably smaller Okolona branch library and will enhance service for more than 160,000 people in south central Jefferson County.

The total price tag for construction, books, computers and furnishings is estimated at $14.5 million, with $6 million coming from the state, $6 million in capital funds allocated by Mayor Fischer and approved by the Metro Council, and the additional $2.5 million to be raised from private donors.

The South Central Regional Library is the second of three regional libraries included in the Louisville Free Public Library’s Updated Master Facilities Plan, which was approved by the Metro Council in 2009.  The Southwest Regional Library opened its doors on October 5.  The third planned regional library is slated for northeast Jefferson County.