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Library Buys Property for New Branch

LIBRARY BUYS PROPERTY FOR NEW BRANCH AT PALUMBO AND MAN O’ WAR

The Lexington Public Library Board of Trustees voted to purchase property for a new branch on the city’s east side. The property is at the corner of Palumbo Drive and Man o’ War Boulevard and includes a 27,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the Jaguar Land Rover car dealership.

The new branch is expected to open in late 2015 and will replace the existing Eagle Creek Branch at 101 N. Eagle Creek Drive. By replacing the branch, the library system will be moving to a building with twice the square footage to accommodate library collections, public access to technology and library programming. It also will move closer to the heavily-populated Hamburg area, one of the fastest-growing areas in Lexington.

The Eagle Creek Branch has one of the library system’s higher circulations but is housed in the library’s second smallest location. Eagle Creek’s meeting room has a capacity of 40 people, without tables, which has been inadequate for many community meetings and the library’s most popular programs. The new branch will feature:

  • An increase in the number of books and other materials.
  • Multiple meeting rooms and study rooms, including a larger meeting room.
  • Increased parking, from 89 spaces at Eagle Creek to 121 spaces, with room to add more, if necessary.
  • Drive-through service, where customers can drop off returns and pick up materials they have placed on hold.

The location of the new branch allows for continued convenience to neighborhoods now served at Eagle Creek while moving closer to the rapidly-growing Hamburg area.

The library purchased the property for $3.995 million. The cost of the purchase and renovation will be funded by the sale of the Eagle Creek property and by private donations to the Lexington Public Library Foundation. The Library Foundation raises private funds for special projects and programs not covered by the library’s general operating budget.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to broaden our services to the community in a cost-effective way,” Director Ann Hammond said. “We want to be good stewards of Lexington’s investment in its libraries.”

The Library Foundation will kick off a capital campaign soon to raise funds for the new branch, with a goal set when project plans are further along. Donations may be made to the campaign here (select "Expansion" as the Program Designation) or by contacting development officer Anne Gay Donworth at (859) 231-5557 or adonworth@lexpublib.org.

The most recent new branch for the Lexington Public Library was the Northside Branch on Russell Cave Road, which opened in 2008 and replaced the original Northside Branch next door.