$8.7M Clark County library a great place to visit

View of Clark County Library main building from the rear

View of Clark County Library main building from the rear

After a visit to the Farmers’ Market and the Heritage Center, my family and I visited the Clark County Public Library.  Although I had visited it briefly as part of the Leadership Clark County program, this was the first time I went to spend some time and explore. 

Basic facts about the library

The library is indeed impressive.  In 1989, the main library moved to its new 60,000 sf facility (now valued at $8.7M) at 201 S. Fountain Ave.  The library has five locations throughout Clark County as well as two bookmobiles that cover 41 community stops, 7 schools, 14 daycare centers and 5 Head Start Programs.  The library’s collection includes over 500,000 books, 425 magazine subscriptions, 7,000 videotapes, 4,000 CDs, 3,000 DVDs and framed art.  Over 1 million items are circulated annually, and over 30,000 people visit the library on a weekly basis.

What we enjoyed 

Upon entering the library, there is a great rotunda area, as impressive as the stats about the library itself.  You then pass through another set of doors to the main level, which has a very high ceiling and a lot of light coming in.  In particular, Grace and I loved the children’s section, which is its own wing, with children-sized furniture, internet access for kids, as well as a special Teens room.  All of it is comfortable and very well done.

Cindy checked out a book on George Rogers Clark, and I checked one out on the early history of Springfield.  I suppose the visit to the Heritage Center moments before had put us in such a mood.  A great place to explore.   We will be back.

>> Pictures of my visit on Flickr – http://bit.ly/jRJsP
>> Library homepage – www.ccpl.lib.oh.us
>> Online Highways’ page – http://bit.ly/WYrEI
>> SpringfieldOhio.net page – http://bit.ly/MpfYr
>> Wikipedia article on the library – http://bit.ly/Z2DN3

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