New Blue Valley library plans up for discussion

Posted at 6:39 AM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 17:01:37-04

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The Blue Valley Library is set for an update to accommodate the large number of people using it each year. County leaders want your perspective on how to best accomplish that.

Every year, 2.5 million people use some branch of the Johnson County Library. Community groups meet at different locations, people come for digital and visual elements and of course, there are the many thousands of books to check out.

The library system is the most popular service in Johnson County, according to library spokesperson Christopher Leitch.

"We know this is a community that understands the value, what it brings to business, education, to building a community. We know they are going to use a new library," explained Leitch, who works in community relations for the county's library system.

The question at hand: Will there be a whole new library built, or will there be efforts to update the current building?

  • Option A: Expansion. This is a one story design and parking would move to 151st Street. The building will have to close and temporarily relocate.
  • Option B: New building. It has a compact design and the literary park grows. It could stay open during construction and would be a two-story building. 

The staff at the library says it's important to get the public's perspective since taxpayers will be funding the project no matter which option the county goes with.

You can weigh in at the 151st Street branch from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.