Jul 10, 2013 11:43 PM by Erin Steuber
Construction is finally underway at the main branch of the Lafayette Public Library, which has been closed for the past two years.
Construction will hopefully be done within the year, and over the past two months a lot of progress has been made. Gone is the silence "shhh'd" into the main branch of the Lafayette Library. The 63,000 square foot space is definitely a work in progress. The construction zone, paving the way for some big changes.
"We just needed a general face lift, as well as taking advantage of the newer technologies available in libraries to update our electrical and our data," said Library Director Sona Dombourian.
For the last two years the main branch of the Lafayette Public Library has been working out of a temporary space on Jefferson Street.
"We have done several preliminary phases to get the main library fully renovated," said Dombourian. "Now we're in the middle of the biggest phase, and that's the construction."
The library moved into the building in 1973, and since then not a single renovation.
"We'll have study rooms on every floor. We'll have a technology lab. We'll have public computers on every floor, and we'll have a real castle, a story time room, for the children of Lafayette Parish," said Dombourian.
The project is funded by a bond issue approved by voters back in 2002.
The Lafayette Parish Library System has two new libraries in the works. One will be serving the Youngsville-Broussard area. Construction on that library will begin later this year. Another library is planned for the Scott and Duson areas, but officials are still scouting out locations.