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Central Library

Central Library is located at 740 Conestoga Parkway.

Grand Opening

We’ve set the date! Our Grand Opening event will take place on Saturday, September 17th at 2:00 PM. We will open for regular hours beginning at 9:00 AM on Monday, September 19th.

All are invited to the Grand Opening! In addition, we will be reaching out soon to various community groups and organizations to schedule a sneak peek before the library is fully operational. We know you’re curious, and we can’t wait to share the great things our new facility has to offer special audiences like educators and students, businesses and entrepreneurs, and community-service groups. If your organization would be interested in participating, please contact Lexi at [email protected].


Community Wing Early Access

While we are in transition between locations, we are providing limited early access to our Community Wing. Access to the main library area will remain closed. All scheduled library programs at Ridgway Memorial have been permanently relocated to our new Central Library.

In addition, the following services are now available in the Community Wing at Central Library Monday–Friday from 10:00 AM–4:00 PM:

  • Public computer & internet access in temporary computer lab
  • Copy, fax, print, and scan services
  • Holds pickups
  • Take-home kit pickups (while supplies last)
  • Small browsing collection of new materials & checkout

If you are attending a library event, you may also pick up holds and kits or check out materials from our browsing collection at the end of the program.


FAQs

Why do we need a new library?

Short answer: We want to provide Bullitt County with the amazing library it deserves—including plenty of space for large-scale events, space for workforce development, and space for using and exploring new technologies. Oh, and enough parking to accommodate all those events and services!

Long answer:

This project has been a long time in the making and is necessary to keep up with the growth of the county. Upon completion, the new Central Library will replace our Ridgway Memorial location. Ridgway Memorial Library has served our community well since 1963, but we have outgrown this building as the population, needs, and expectations of the Shepherdsville and Bullitt County communities evolve.

The square footage of the current library and collective BCPL system is actually much smaller than is recommended by state guidelines for a service population of our size, especially when considering the projected population in 2040 and beyond. More space is needed for staff, for collections, and for public meeting and collaboration spaces. In conjunction with our four branch locations in Hillview, Lebanon Junction, Mt. Washington, and Nichols, Central Library will serve the entirety of Bullitt County’s 82,000 residents. It will be instrumental in accommodating larger-scale events like concerts and festivals that may not fit at branch locations, and it will offer a wider variety of meeting spaces for different-sized groups and a more expansive core library collection. It will also allow us to bring essential staff and departments from our annex facility back together in one building for more effective communications and operations.

It must also be noted that the facility at Ridgway Memorial has structural issues which, as time passes, will cause real safety concerns or necessitate a massive, disruptive, and costly rebuild. Parking at the current facility for larger events or on certain court dates is also a frequent challenge for both patrons and staff. The new location will address all of these challenges and provide our community with a beautiful facility that everyone can enjoy.

When will you open? What will the hours be?

Selected services will be available in our Community Wing during the month of August, but the main library will remain closed to the public until the Grand Opening on Saturday, September 17th (see Community Wing Early Access above).

Regular hours will begin on September 19th. Hours will remain the same as our current location:

  • Sunday  1:00–5:00 PM
  • Monday–Thursday  9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday   9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Are you hiring for the new building?

As we get used to the new facility and our new workflow, we will assess our staffing needs and advertise as appropriate. We will be adding some additional security officer hours. Also, we’ll be looking for services like landscaping, window washing, and other maintenance services.

What will happen to Ridgway Memorial Library? What about the Dorothea Stottman Annex in Hillview?
The Board of Trustees is working with the Bullitt County Fiscal Court to determine the future of the facility in Shepherdsville. The intent is to repurpose the building to augment the county services, potentially working with the County Clerk’s office.
Although we have moved staff from the annex to our new Central location, the Hillview facility will be used for storage and staging for furniture and equipment as we continue to execute the Library’s Master Facilities Plan.
What's happening with the 24 Hour Library?

We will continue to operate and restock the 24 Hours Library in its current location behind Ridgway Memorial.

How big is Central Library? What did it cost?

At approximately 45,000 square feet, the new facility is designed to accommodate decades of continued population growth.

The facility cost a total of $10.5 million. A bond issue for $7.7 million—at a historically low rate—took place in 2020 to fund the building; the remainder of the project cost has come from the Library’s reserve fund.

How will the building impact the environment?

The new facility was built with several green and energy-saving features, including:

  • Geothermal HVAC
  • “Smart” comfort, acoustical, and light controls
  • A solar panel array that will essentially power the building

There will be an energy information station in the lobby to make these features and operations as transparent as possible.

What about outdoor space?

Four garden courtyards reflect the four seasons and four elements: Spring/Wind, Autumn/Fire, Water/Summer, Earth/Winter.

The plantings in each area are meant to shine in the given season. Although not all of the plants are native, many native plants have been included in the design, including chokecherry, black-eyed Susan, dogwood, redbud, serviceberry, summersweet, and winterberry.

Will there be a swimming pool/soccer field/carousel?

Alas, none of those things are included in the new building. But, here are just a few of the fun, cool, and adaptive features included in our new space:

  • Fun outdoor courtyard features include Percussive Play outside the children’s area, a water fountain, and a fire pit
  • Creative play activities and an Everbright interactive board in the children’s area
  • A Maker Lab and Video Lab with a rotating collection of tools for demo and eventual public lab hours
  • An expanded Library of Things collection with a demo & play area
  • Motorized work surfaces for height adjustment and accessibility
  • Sound loop, including the Listen Everywhere app enabled, in the All-Purpose Community Room

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740 Conestoga Parkway
Shepherdsville,  KY  40165  United States

Upcoming Events at Central Library

Saturday August 13th

Was the book better? Or the movie? You choose—or why not pick both?! This month, read FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE then join us to watch the film adaptation and discuss! Ages 18 and up. Find out more »

Monday August 15th

There is a place for everyone in our Craft Circle! Bring your current project to work on in good company, or try out new supplies and techniques with our featured craft. Ages 18 and up. Find out more »

Tuesday August 16th

Practice reading in a stress-free environment! Join a therapy dog from Pawsibilities Unleashed as he or she patiently listens to you read without teasing, laughing, or judging. Time slots are limited; a sign up sheet will be posted at 5:00 PM. Ages 5 and up. Find out more »

Wednesday August 17th

Create your own hungry shark game for a ferociously fun spin on the classic cup-and-ball game. Children of all ages. Find out more »

Thursday August 18th

Play on our gaming laptops, explore the world of virtual reality, create your own art projects, tinker with a variety of technology and engineering tools, get your game on with an assortment of board and card games, and share the experience with your friends. Ages 10–18. Find out more »

Tuesday August 23rd

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Wednesday August 24th

Become an archaeologist as you use brushes to uncover shark teeth and other treasures hidden in the sand. Find as many shark teeth as you can, then choose one to keep! Children of all ages. Find out more »

Tuesday August 30th

Join us to watch THE PAGEMASTER and craft some adorable miniature books. Plus, the refreshments are free! Ages 12–18. Find out more »

Wednesday September 7th

Everyone is a winner with this fun-filled game night! Join us to meet new people or gather up your friends to play games. For ages 21 and up. Find out more »

Saturday September 10th

Was the book better? Or the movie? You choose—or why not pick both?! This month, read THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN then join us to watch the film adaptation and discuss! Ages 18 and up. Find out more »

Monday September 12th

There is a place for everyone in our Craft Circle! Bring your current project to work on in good company, or try out new supplies and techniques with our featured craft. Ages 18 and up. Find out more »

Thursday September 15th

Play on our gaming laptops, explore the world of virtual reality, create your own art projects, tinker with a variety of technology and engineering tools, get your game on with an assortment of board and card games, and share the experience with your friends. Ages 10–18. Find out more »

Tuesday September 20th

Practice reading in a stress-free environment! Join a therapy dog from Pawsibilities Unleashed as he or she patiently listens to you read without teasing, laughing, or judging. Time slots are limited; a sign up sheet will be posted at 5:00 PM. Ages 5 and up. Find out more »

Thursday September 22nd

Play on our gaming laptops, explore the world of virtual reality, create your own art projects, tinker with a variety of technology and engineering tools, get your game on with an assortment of board and card games, and share the experience with your friends. Ages 10–18. Find out more »

Monday September 26th

There is a place for everyone in our Craft Circle! Bring your current project to work on in good company, or try out new supplies and techniques with our featured craft. Ages 18 and up. Find out more »

Tuesday September 27th

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday October 4th

Schedule an appointment or walk in to donate blood and save a life—or three! Ages 16 & up. PLEASE NOTE: Donors must bring an accepted form of identification, and donors under the age of 17 must provide a signed parental consent form. Most donations take about 30 minutes. Find out more »

Wednesday October 5th

Everyone is a winner with this fun-filled game night! Join us to meet new people or gather up your friends to play games. For ages 21 and up. Find out more »

Monday October 10th

There is a place for everyone in our Craft Circle! Bring your current project to work on in good company, or try out new supplies and techniques with our featured craft. Ages 18 and up. Find out more »

Tuesday October 18th

Practice reading in a stress-free environment! Join a therapy dog from Pawsibilities Unleashed as he or she patiently listens to you read without teasing, laughing, or judging. Time slots are limited; a sign up sheet will be posted at 5:00 PM. Ages 5 and up. Find out more »

Monday October 24th

There is a place for everyone in our Craft Circle! Bring your current project to work on in good company, or try out new supplies and techniques with our featured craft. Ages 18 and up. Find out more »

Tuesday October 25th

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday November 22nd

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday December 27th

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday January 24th

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday February 28th

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday March 28th

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday April 25th

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday May 23rd

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday June 27th

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »

Tuesday July 25th

The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. Meetings are open to the public. Find out more »
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