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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Community Meetings Begin for Regional Libraries

Tuesday October 24, 2006

First meeting October 26 at Northeast YMCA

What is the perfect library environment? Will it involve the latest technology, along with the newest form of digital communications? Where do books fit into the equation? Library users in Louisville will have the chance to offer their ideas on the future of Louisville’s libraries in a series of meetings this fall.

Louisville Free Public LibraryMayor Jerry Abramson announced earlier this year that the city would build three new regional libraries to serve Louisville’s suburban areas. The regional libraries will be four times the size of a typical library branch.

“Our libraries will become hubs of lifelong learning for our community,” Abramson said. “We know the libraries of tomorrow will look a lot different than the libraries of yesterday. We are reaching out to hear from our citizens about what they envision in a modern library.”

The new regional libraries will be located at:

  • Northeast- 1 Bellevoir Circle, near the Northeast YMCA;
  • South Central- Jefferson Blvd. and McCawley Rd., near Jefferson Mall; and
  • Southwest- Dixie Highway and Kendall Rd., near Meijer

The first community meeting will be at the Northeast YMCA on Thursday, October 26,

7 p.m. Other meetings are planned at the Jefferson Mall, St. Matthews/Eline Library, Shawnee Library, Southwest Regional Library and the Main Library.

“People want books, programs for children, computers, community space…they

want many different things from their library,” said Library Director Craig Buthod. “The expansion of the library will give us all of that, plus more,” Buthod said.

“As the library moves forward to improve existing facilities and build new ones,

it is critically important for the community to be involved in shaping what those libraries will look like, from grassroots community needs to cutting-edge technology,” said Nancye Browning, manager of community libraries for the Louisville Free Public library.

Earlier focus groups and community meetings were critical to developing the library’s Master Facilities Plan, which identified the need for the three regional libraries.

These community meetings follow a unique brainstorming session earlier this summer with experts from the MIT Design Laboratory. Some of the best thinkers and planners in America gathered at the Main Library to help generate the shape of public libraries to come.

For information about the Library’s community meetings call 574-1611 or visit the Library’s web site at

Community Meetings for the Future of the Library

Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 26
Northeast YMCA, 9400 Mill Brook Road

Monday, October 30
Jefferson Mall, 4801 Outer Loop

Thursday, November 9
St. Matthews/Eline Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue

Monday, November 13
Southwest Regional Library, 10375 Dixie Highway

Tuesday, November 14
Main Library, 301 York Street

Thursday, November 20
Shawnee Library, 3912 West Broadway

More information at