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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

Tuesday June 28th

A meeting of the Library Board of Trustees will be held in the Community Wing of Central Library and virtually using Zoom. Members of the public are invited to attend in person or watch the meeting live online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84651026832. Find out more »

Thursday July 7th

Stories and songs and crafts—oh my! Join us for a creative combination of storytelling and fun activities to build literacy, social, and cognitive skills. This session is targeted for ages 0–5; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »
Join us for a creative combination of storytelling, crafts, interactive STEAM learning, and other fun activities. This session is targeted for ages 5–10; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »
Get a full-body workout during this dance-fitness class with certified Zumba instructor Jasamine Curtis. Bottled water will be provided. Ages 18 and up. Find out more »

Saturday July 9th

Gather around the "campfire" and get ready for kindergarten! From kindergarten basics to mock scenarios like taking a school bus or lunch in the cafeteria, this 10-session series will build skills and confidence so kids will be prepared for the day-to-day of attending school. For the incoming kindergarteners of the 2022–2023 school year. Find out more »

Tuesday July 12th

Bring the kids, the grandparents, your siblings, or whoever you like for a night of lively competition, prizes, and pizza🍕. At this program, luck's always on your side because everybody wins! All ages. Find out more »

Wednesday July 13th

It's a beach party with a twist! Join us for a special summer movie (LUCA) and beach-themed activities including a craft, a sand dig, and sandcastle building. Children of all ages. Find out more »
The four final candidates for the Library Director position will present their visions for the future of Bullitt County Public Library. Members of the public are invited to attend. Find out more »

Thursday July 14th

A Special Called meeting of the Library Board of Trustees will be held to interview candidates for the vacant Director position. Members of the public are invited to attend in person or via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82141253797. Please note that the actual interviews will be held in closed session. Find out more »
Stories and songs and crafts—oh my! Join us for a creative combination of storytelling and fun activities to build literacy, social, and cognitive skills. This session is targeted for ages 0–5; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »
Join us for a creative combination of storytelling, crafts, interactive STEAM learning, and other fun activities. This session is targeted for ages 5–10; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »
Join us for a creative combination of storytelling, crafts, interactive STEAM learning, and other fun activities. This session is targeted for ages 5–10; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »
Get a full-body workout during this dance-fitness class with certified Zumba instructor Jasamine Curtis. Bottled water will be provided. Ages 18 and up. Find out more »

Tuesday July 19th

A Special Called meeting of the Library Board of Trustees will be held to review inventory-in-transit revenue and to discuss the possibility on installing holds lockers to increase after-hours access. Members of the public are invited to attend in person or via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88971240506. Please note that the actual interviews will be held... Find out more »
Craft an adorable, under-the-sea light-up lantern to add a special touch of underwater magic to your room or next outdoor party. Using crepe paper, ribbon, felt, googly eyes, stickers, ribbon, and more you can craft a fun, out-of-this-world paper lantern in the style of a fish, jellyfish, or octopus. Children of all ages. Find out more »

Thursday July 21st

Stories and songs and crafts—oh my! Join us for a creative combination of storytelling and fun activities to build literacy, social, and cognitive skills. This session is targeted for ages 0–5; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »
Join us for a creative combination of storytelling, crafts, interactive STEAM learning, and other fun activities. This session is targeted for ages 5–10; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »
Join us for a creative combination of storytelling, crafts, interactive STEAM learning, and other fun activities. This session is targeted for ages 5–10; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »

Tuesday July 26th

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 »
The monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees will be held in the Community Wing at Central Library and virtually using Zoom. Members of the public are invited to attend in person or watch the meeting live online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84651026832. Find out more »

Wednesday July 27th

Sensational sensory fun awaits! Bring your little ones to the library to explore sensory learning designed to create an early, natural introduction to the scientific processes as children play and investigate. Plus, grab a new takeaway project each month to help you and your child to continue sensory learning at home. Ages 0–5. Find out more »

Thursday July 28th

Stories and songs and crafts—oh my! Join us for a creative combination of storytelling and fun activities to build literacy, social, and cognitive skills. This session is targeted for ages 0–5; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »
Join us for a creative combination of storytelling, crafts, interactive STEAM learning, and other fun activities. This session is targeted for ages 5–10; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »
Join us for a creative combination of storytelling, crafts, interactive STEAM learning, and other fun activities. This session is targeted for ages 5–10; children of all ages welcome. Find out more »

Saturday July 30th

Join us to watch NATIONAL TREASURE and create a special document with your own secret message. Plus, the refreshments are free! Ages 12–18. Find out more »

Sunday July 31st

Join the Newport Aquarium's WAVE Foundation and their traveling Tide Pool to explore these fascinating habitats and learn how sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, conchs, and hermit crabs survive this dangerous environment. Plus, meet a few of these heroic tide pool champions! All ages. Find out more »

Monday August 1st

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 »

Wednesday August 3rd

Get artistic with shark-shaped scratch paper and fun wooden ornaments you can color and customize! Children of all ages. Find out more »

Friday August 5th

A Special Called meeting of the Library Board of Trustees will be held in the Community Wing at Central Library. Members of the public are invited to attend in person or via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84372331361. Find out more »

Saturday August 6th

Swap it like it's hot at our very first library clothing swap! Bring gently-used, quality clothing to exchange the items you no longer wear for new-to-you pieces that will bring new life to your wardrobe. Ages 13+ Find out more »

Wednesday August 10th

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 »
Create your own ocean in a bottle—but watch out for sharks! Children of all ages. Find out more »
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