Future Southwest Branch Library

  • We want your feedback on a new Southwest Monroe County Public Library Branch! Take our survey!In April 2018, the Library Board of Trustees approved hiring Matheu Architects, PC for a new branch planning study. The company was selected based on proven qualifications and project experience in conducting similar studies. The Library’s recent strategic direction planning process validated the need and desire of the community for an additional branch.
     
  • 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 library 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. Operational costs would be funded without impact on the two current library branches and construction costs funded without any anticipated increase in tax rates.
     
  • In September 2018, many Southwest-area residents participated in scheduled community conversations to provide input into a new Southwest Library Branch. Additionally, over 800 Monroe County residents provided feedback via a survey, email, or by phone.
     
  • In February 2019, Matheu Architects, PC's final branch planning study was presented to and unanimously approved by the Library Board of Trustees at which point, the Library began discussions with its real estate broker to determine if identified potential sites were viable options.
     
  • In Summer 2019, Matheu Architects, PC was hired to design the new branch library.
     
  • In Fall 2019, a potential site was identified and discussions began to take place. Additionally, budget and potential funding options were identified.

  • 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.

Tentative Southwest Library Branch Planning and Construction Timeline

  • 2018: Complete feasibility study for new branch planning
  • 2019: Determine budget and funding options within current tax rates
  • 2019: Hire architect to develop plans
  • 2020: Acquire site
  • 2020: Seek bond approval, at current tax rate, for branch construction
  • 2020: Finalize site and facility design plan
  • 2021: Construction of new branch
  • 2021–2022: Open new branch site