New library opens where the west begins

Posted at 1:59 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 19:16:49-04

The Lafayette Public Library celebrated the grand opening of its Scott location today.

The West Regional Library at 501 Old Spanish Trail was formally opened with a ribbon-cutting and tours this morning. The new 17,500 square-foot facility has been under construction for several years.

“We’re here to open for business after a building program that’s been going on for the past five years,” said Library Director Teresa Elberson. “We’re really happy to have it open. We’ll be open seven days a week, there are meeting rooms, a children’s story time room, just a lot of great services inside.”

Elberson said the staff is excited for the community to see the amenities the library hasn’t been able to offer in the buildings that have housed the library in the past. Those buildings were all leases, and the library just couldn’t offer some of the services that now is available in the new facility.

“It’s a beautiful area. We can’t wait to open and show everybody in this area what library services are all about,” Elberson said.

The building cost $5.8 million. It was designed by Architects Southwest. The interior architect was Dewberry, and the contractor was Trahan Construction.

Among the amenities are:

  • A large meeting room, smaller meeting spaces and study rooms
  • Public computers, printers, faxes, copiers and free Wi-Fi
  • Collections and spaces for adults, children and teens
  • Drive-thru book return and pick-up window
  • Lactation room and family restroom
  • Children’s storytelling room
  • Snack and drink vending
  • Electric car chargers
  • Outdoor courtyard
  • Self-check kiosks