Published on: 2016-08-16
The Rapides Parish Library is pleased to announce the purchase of the Tuma property in Libuse, Louisiana. This land will be the site of the new Libuse Branch, replacing the Gunter Branch at Libuse. Architectural plans and schematics for the new branch have been drawn and construction will begin in the before the end of the year.
“We’re very pleased to have the new Libuse Branch,” says Policy Jury President, Craig Smith, who is also the representative for District C representative. “This new facility will fill the needs of our growing community.” The proposed plan for the Libuse Branch includes two study rooms, a large community meeting space that can be partitioned to create smaller meeting spaces. There will be an expanded bank of computer stations and several computer stations for children. There are expanded areas for teens, adults and children. Another added feature is a convenient drive through. There will be 45 parking spaces with additional parking designed into future expansion projects. “This new branch will have over 6,500 square feet,” says President of the Rapides Parish Library Board of Control, Michael Fairbanks. “It’s plenty of room for growth and more than enough land to add another 2,500 square feet of building space in the future as well as additional parking spaces.”
“We’ve simply outgrown our current space.” says Pam Martin, Manager of the Gunter Branch, “My staff and I, as well as our customers, are looking forward to our new library!”
The proposed plans can be seen at the Rapides Parish Library Gunter Branch and, very soon, online at the Libuse Branch Construction Blog. “We’re very excited about the new branch,” says Laura-Ellen Ayres, Director of the Rapides Parish Library. “There is still a lot to do before the ground-breaking, but we will keep our customers informed of our progress through a construction blog on our website.”