Plans are progressing to construct a larger, updated Brookville Branch Library on Blue Pride Drive at Johnsville-Brookville Road and Western Avenue. The current building is bursting at the seams and has no room for growth at its landlocked location. A structural review also deemed that renovating the aging and deteriorating building would not be cost effective.
The new Library will feature an expanded Children's area, a dedicated space for middle and high school students called Teen Edge, and an enclosed Adult Reading Room. Other improvements include the addition of an outdoor reading terrace and three group study rooms. The larger meeting room will be accessible outside of Library hours for community use.
Situated on major Brookville thoroughfares, the new location will be readily accessible for adult patrons and will offer more parking. The adjacency to the school campus is ideal as students will be able to walk to the Library after school.
John Poe Architects, a member of the Dayton Design Collaborative, are working in conjunction with library design experts Group 4 Architects on this project. Shook Construction is providing construction management services.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2015 and to be completed in the summer of 2016. The project is part of the Libraries for a Smarter Future system-wide facilities upgrade, made possible by strong voter support of a bond issue in 2012.