The long-standing Boyle County Public Library building on West Broadway in Danville underwent an $8.5 million renovation and expansion project that was completed in 2010.
“We had become cramped to the gills, so this expansion and renovation was certainly needed,” says Karl Benson, director of the Boyle County Public Library. “Operating space has gone from 17,000 square feet to 44,000 square feet, including tripling the size of our children’s library.”
In fact, the first part of the library that people encounter when entering the front door is the children’s section, complete with a dinosaur display, model train layout and other eye-catching exhibits.
“We have a teen area that we didn’t feature in the old setup, and the library has also gone from eight computer Internet stations to 36 – and we are capable of 48 if we need to add more,” Benson says. “As for its looks, today our building is made up of three floors of beautiful architecture, with nice flow and lines throughout.”
For residents who can’t make it downtown, the library operates a mobile Bookmobile that parks at 90 different locations throughout the county each year.
“The Bookmobile goes to every corner of Boyle County, including several rural areas, and it has been a mainstay of our outreach for the last 25 years,” says Georgia de Araujo, assistant director of the Boyle County Public Library. “This service provides access to books and DVDs for day cares, nursing homes, assisted living centers and shut-ins.”