Lots of changes inside the Covington library, too!
The original library building gets a new facade and the interior is getting spruced up. The new addition is on the southside and now open.
Not only is the Kenton County Public Library's Covington location on Scott Street physically expanding but with it, of course, comes lots of changes inside.
About 12,540 square feet of new space is being added, bringing it to a grand total of 64,471 sq feet when completed.
Here's what you'll find at the new library:
The Children's Department moved to the lower level and has its own meeting room plus an outdoor learning garden.
The History Department moved to the second floor and got research space. There are environmental controls to preserve historic items.
The entrance to the building has relocated to the southside, next to the parking lot, as part of the new addition.
There's a drive-thru for book drop-offs and pick-ups.
A larger public meeting room.
A computer lab to help with additional research.
An architect's rendering of the complex once completed.
Cost estimates for the entire project -- the new addition, the renovation of the original building and new features as noted -- is $12.5 million. The library had considered tearing down and starting from scratch but the cost would have doubled. The whole shebang is expected to be completed this year and will look good as new.
Construction began on the original structure in 1972 and was completed in 1974.
Here's the site before the library relocated from the Carnegie.