Logan’s new library getting closer to completion

Chris Cooper Managing Editor

December 9, 2013

The construction phase of new Logan County Public Library is nearing completion and a grand opening should be right around the corner the first of the year. Furnishings installation should begin within the next two weeks.

The new building, located on Armory Drive in Russellville, is 14,503 square feet - about one-third larger than the current location on Sixth Street. The layout is much more efficient, with space allocated according to modern library usage. Other differences include the energy-efficient geothermal HVAC, which will save on energy costs and be more environmentally friendly. There will be approximately 100 parking spaces compared to the very small parking area at the current library.

Acting library director King Simpson is looking forward to the opening and what the new facility will offer the community. The project has gone quite well, said Simpson, praising those who have worked to make the new library a reality.

“We have been very pleased with Jeff Pearson, our architect (Pearson & Peters Architects out of Lexington). Former library director Linda Kompanik began working with him in the mid-90’s and he has been excellent in every aspect of this process,” said Simpson, who stepped in the director roll after Kompanik’s death earlier in the year. “Our contractor, Redlee Construction out of Louisville, has been great to work with as well. Matt Elder is professional and fair, and his team has done a great job in making this project a reality. Site supervisor Tim Emberton has been on top of everything and made sure this project ran smoothly.”

According to Simpson there have been no major problems or delays, which is impressive with a project of this size. He added the project has also stayed within budget and the library board even has some money left in its contingency fund.

“All in all, this process has gone better than I could have ever hoped,” said Simpson. “I think our community is going to love their new library facility.”

Simpson said the library will once again offer numerous programs and educational opportunities. There will be meeting rooms available to the public and groups looking to use that space will be able to register and reserve dates as soon as the new facility opens.

“We should be closing around the end of the year,” said Simpson. “We will need to be closed for about a month to transfer and set up all of the furniture, shelving, collection, and computers. As soon as we can have official closing and opening dates confirmed, we will begin publicizing those through the newspaper, on the radio and in-house, through our website, Facebook, and Twitter. We will make sure people know.”

In preparation for the move, some services are being placed on hold. For instance, interlibrary loan service is currently suspended until the new facility is open. Also there will be no reserves on items while the library is closed.

“While we are closed our branches in Adairville and Auburn will remain open. We are looking into expanded hours for these locations during this time to see if that will help individuals out who need to use the computer or need something to read,” Simpson said.