Indianapolis Public Library (IPL) Chairman Tom Niehaus announced the completion of a $1.6 billion plan that will add thousands of new books to the library system.
The library board on Wednesday approved the $1 million project, which is a boost for the city’s library system as it continues to struggle financially.
“Indiana Public Library is looking to expand our digital library to serve more people and create new opportunities for the library’s employees,” Niehus said in a statement.
“With this investment, the library is well on its way to fulfilling our promise to our customers.”
The new library will be built in the former Indiana State Building on State Street, which has been vacant for more than two decades.
The library has also proposed building a new library building on the site.
“The new building will enhance the library, provide more library access and support library-specific activities, including our local and national programming,” the library said in the statement.
The new Library Building will be a “new and modern” space, with “modern” materials and technology, said John S. Hensley, a library board member.
The building will be the largest library building in the country and will feature a new, larger reading room, he said.
The Indiana Public Libraries (IPLC) plans to add more than 2,000 new books, as well as create a new dedicated library on the grounds.
The libraries plans include the addition of an expanded digital library, new library books, and new books for students.
The new library would be located on the former State Building, which will be torn down to make way for a new state-owned parking lot.
The $1-billion project is a $500 million project to make room for the new building.
The board voted unanimously to approve the $500-million project.
The Library Board also approved a $600-million plan to make the Indiana Public History Center a “great place for learning and learning in general,” and to build an “all-new” building with a library-wide library program.
The project will add more books, more technology, and will be funded with a $150 million state matching fund, according to the Library Board.
The project will be done in phases, the Library board said.
The $1bn project is the first phase, which includes $1,100 million to expand the library.
The second phase will include $500m to renovate the library and build new reading rooms.
The final phase will cost $600m to build a new building, the board said, and is expected to cost $2.5bn.
The state has already committed $300 million to build the library in the future.