Carmel Clay Library plans to expand into the Village of West Clay, where it will open the library’s first branch.
The branch will be at 12770 Horseferry Road, which previously housed Harvest Fresh Market. The library plans to purchase the roughly 3,500 square-foot space and renovate it in time to open by early 2019.
The library board plans to issue a $1.42 million bond to cover the cost of buying and renovating the space. Some funding might also go toward renovations planned for the main library, for which an expansion is being considered. The bond is not expected to raise taxes.
The West Clay branch will expand library access to Carmel’s growing west side. Patrons will be able to borrow and check out materials from a collection of popular books housed there, and they’ll be able to place items from the library’s main collection on hold and pick them up and return them at the west branch.
Carmel Clay Library, 55 4th Avenue S.E., was built in 1999. The roughly 116,000 square-foot building was designed to serve a community of about 85,000. Carmel’s population—more than 91,000 today—has exceeded that and is still on the rise, making a new branch necessary, the library said.
Before it can proceed with issuing the bond, state law requires that the library get approval from the Carmel City Council, which tabled the issue on Monday. Councilors are expected to consider the issue again at a meeting later this month.