Plans for a new Central Library project were approved by Wichita City Council in a 5-2 vote on Tuesday morning. With only two opposing votes from council members Pete Meitzner and Jeff Blubaugh, the project will move on to the next step, deciding on a contractor.
The new Central Library will be equipped with more meeting spaces for the community and new state-of-the-art technology. The $36 million advanced learning library is to be built at 2nd and McLean on a plot of land that the city acquired in 2008.
The city voted to spend just over $1 million on designing the facility last year.
City officials found that it is more cost effective to follow through with this plan than it would be to renovate the existing Central Library. In addition, simple renovation would not offer more space, accessibility and parking, all of which are factors in the design for the new library, which will offer three times the current amount of public computers.