Mary Alice Reporting:

(Friday, April 13th) Expansion and improvement plans are underway for a local library creating easier access and more room for patrons.

The $5.2 million project will create an added space at the Tuscarawas County library’s main branch.

Michelle McMorrow-Ramsell explains the renovation has been in the works for years and the goal is to accommodate costumers.

“[The current garage] will become public space and a new entrance point. There will be a small addition added which will be staff space right at ground level so deliveries will be available to staff [at ground level].”

Additional projects include a new garage at the library owned adjacent parking lot, new public meeting and conference rooms, 24/7 lockers, and a drive-up window accessible to pick up materials.

McMorrow-Ramsell says they have budgeted money for this project for about four years and they expect to have $2.3 million by the project’s start.

The library was built in 1936, an update took place in 1991, and the renovation project is expected to break ground in September.

As the year-long construction takes place the library will remain open.

Plan updates and floor-plan drawings can be found at www.tusclibrary.org/renovation.

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