Tuesday, February 27, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 2/28/18
Featured image: An architectural rendering of Broadview’s modernized library expansion. | Courtesy Broadview Public Library
The Broadview Public Library will host a groundbreaking ceremony on a $5.4 million addition to its current facility at 2226 S. 16th Ave. in Broadview.
Keisha Hester, the library’s executive director, said that the ceremony will start at 11 a.m. on Friday and will feature refreshments from local businesses.
Hester said that construction on the new facility should begin in March. The library board has already chosen a general contractor and permits should be issued soon.
“The current facility is over 30 years old, so we’ll be able to have some technology upgrades,” Hester said.
“We’ll be able to tap into smart board and meeting technology,” she said. “When all is said and done we’ll be at around 20,000 square feet of space. Main services will be located on the first floor and meeting space will be in the basement.”
Hester added that news of the groundbreaking comes as the library implements additional measures to reduce the cost of using its services for residents and non-residents alike.
The library already doesn’t fine Broadview residents anything for late book returns and as of March 1, the $1 fee that non-residents must pay to use the library’s internet will be dropped, Hester said.
Going forward, non-residents will be able to log into the internet by using the library card they retrieved through their home library, which must be a member of SWAN. VFP
CORRECTION: This post has been updated to correct for the fact that SWAN is different from the Metropolitan Library System and the meeting space will meet in the basement, not on the second floor as was previously mentioned. VFP regrets the errors.
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