It no longer takes imagination to envision the new 18,000-square-foot Midland Branch under construction off Route 60, across from Summit RV, just outside of Ashland.
With the concrete floors in place and drywall complete, the new facility now showcases the spaces that will soon be open to the public for use. Construction is proceeding as planned with the grand opening expected this summer. A virtual tour is available at: https://youtu.be/Wum-zGJ2V1w.
Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects developed plans for the new branch and issued requests for bid for construction. Trace Creek Construction has many years of experience including other library facilities in the state of Kentucky.
“It’s so exciting to see this project coming together,” said Library Director Debbie Cosper. “The new Midland Branch will be a wonderful facility for the public to use for many, many years to come. “
The new state-of-the-art facility will include many new features and spaces, including:
•A drive-up service window to offer continued pick-up and drop-off of materials
•A 100-seat meeting room with catering/kitchen space
•Designated spaces for adults, kids and teens
•Three times as much space for materials as the Kyova branch
•More public restrooms facilities, including in the children’s area, and a nursing room
•An enhanced makerspace with audio and video recording equipment
•Two private study rooms
•A small business center
•An outdoor covered patio
•A dual fireplace for the inside seating area and the patio seating area
•A large parking lot that can accommodate nearly 100 cars with space for a school bus
•A multitude of north-facing windows for natural lighting
The total space under roof is 19,700-square-feet and also centralizes staff space to include:
•Off-site genealogy storage
The new facility is part of the library’s seven-year strategic plan. BCPL plans to sell the Summit Branch facility after the Midland Branch opens and will vacate the Kyova Branch upon lease expiration.
Boyd County Public Library is the largest public library in Eastern Kentucky with more than 40,000 patrons and locations in Ashland (1740 Central Ave.), Catlettsburg (2704 Louisa Street) and at the Kyova Mall as well as an online branch at www.thebookplace.org. For more information, contact the Boyd County Public Library at 606.329.0090.