2018 (all day)Library Board Approves Branch Planning Study
In April 2018, the Library Board of Trustees approved hiring Matheu Architects, PC for a branch planning study (PDF). In the summer of 2018, conversations between the Library, Matheu Architects, PC, and a number of community leaders and stakeholders informed a general Southwest location of this potential third facility. The Southwest portion of the county is the largest growing area in terms of residential growth and population, is an underserved area for library services, and is one of the few available and viable land areas.
Tilley, Jenny Porter "Parking, teen space and more labeled as priorities for new library branch," The Herald-Times, December 26, 2018.
2019 (all day)Library Awarded Grant for Teaching Kitchen
In December 2019, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County awarded the Library a grant for equipment, appliances, and supplies to establish a 600-square foot teaching kitchen in the future Southwest Branch.
2020 (all day)Library Purchases Land from MCCSC for Southwest Branch
In March 2020, the Library Board of Trustees and the Monroe County Community School Corporation Board (MCCSC) approved a purchase for sale agreement for an approximately 5-acre property on the Southwest corner of the Batchelor Middle School site at 900 W. Gordon Pike.
Bouthier, Bente "Monroe County Public Library Board Of Trustees Approves Plans To Build New Branch," Indiana Public Media, March 5, 2020.