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A New Village Branch

Village Branch, our beloved library and community center, is growing. Since 2004, this space has served its neighbors, providing access to books, education, entertainment, vital resources, and resources. Although the location is staying put, the new facility will contain a total of 30,000 square feet — plenty of room for more activities, more services, and more room to grow.

Here, learn more about the project and how you can get involved.


New facility will remain at previous location with a larger footprint and expanded offerings

Lexington, Kentucky (August 18, 2022) – The Lexington Public Library broke ground on a new, significantly larger facility in the former Village Branch location on Versailles Road to better provide for the needs of the neighborhoods it serves. The new branch will reflect the community’s vision for a state-of-the-art community hub, one that offers robust resources and a myriad of program and service offerings.  The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday at a media event featuring Library and City officials. (View More)




Lexington Public Library Foundation Announces Lead Gift from Marksbury Family Foundation for New Library Branch

New Versailles Road Library Branch to be named Marksbury Family Branch
Lexington, Kentucky (March 9, 2022) – Lexington Public Library and Lexington Public Library Foundation are honored to announce that the Marksbury Family Foundation has committed the lead gift for the capital campaign to rebuild the library branch at the corner of Versailles Road and Village Drive.  In recognition of their generosity, the new facility will be named the Marksbury Family Branch when it opens in 2024. (more info)


Project Overview

Since 2005, the Lexington Public Library has operated a small, storefront branch at the corner of Versailles Road and Village Drive in the Cardinal Valley Neighborhood. It's time for a change.
It's time to invest in our community.
The Library purchased the site in late 2020 and plans for a new two-story facility which will triple the space available for reading materials, programming, and community access. The Library Foundation has embarked on a capital campaign to raise $5 million for the project so that the Library can continue to program and operate the building at its high standards.

Reasons Why We Love It

  • Economic & Workforce Development
  • Racial Minority & International Populations
  • Public Space & Civic Infrastructure
  • Youth Development
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Inspiring Other Investments in the Area
  • Leveraging Public/Private Investment for Maximum Impact



Building Updates

June 11th - Village Branch on Versailles Rd closes

June 27th - Village Branch re-opens at its temporary space on 1801 Alexandra Dr., Suite 136

August 16 - 11AM Marksbury Family Branch Groundbreaking 2185 Versailles Road Lexington, KY


It Takes You.

As you can imagine, it takes a lot to build a Library!
Lexington Public Library Foundation is raising funds to help finance the new building, and it will take all of us to build the facility that the Cardinal Valley area deserves.
Donations are tax-deductible and may be paid over a five-year pledge period. Donors will be recognized with signage at the new building, and naming opportunities are available for gifts at the $25,000 level and above.
We’d love to share more information about the project with you and discuss how to achieve your philanthropic goals. Contact us for more information!

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Capital Campaign Pledge Form

Anne Gay Donworth
Director of Development, Marketing & Communications
Paige Halpin Smith
Development Manager
859-231-5500, ext. 1056