New Advanced Learning Library
The new building in Downtown Wichita will enhance learning in an urban environment.
The Wichita City Council recently approved building a new $33 million Advanced Learning Library at the southwest corner of Second Street and McLean Boulevard. Located directly across from Exploration Place and within walking distance of the Arkansas river corridor, this new advanced learning center will drive community engagement and enhance learning for all Wichitans in an urban environment.
The new plans, designed by local firm GLMV Architecture, call for the new building to increase in square footage of the current library to an excess of 95,000 square feet. A multitude of flexible community meeting spaces that can function independently or together are included in the plans, along with a large meeting room that will have seating for up to 300 people. Technology will include over 100 computers and charging stations, which will be available for public use. The City of Wichita will finance the new library in conjunction with private fundraising by the Wichita Public Library Foundation.
The new state of the art library and advanced learning center will replace the existing library. The City of Wichita purchased the vacant lot for the new library site in 2008. The current Central Library Branch, located at 223 S. Main in Downtown, was built in 1967. It is located directly east of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center.
Construction has begun and will take 18 to 24 months, with a possible completion date in 2018.
Renderings courtesy of the City of Wichita and GLMV Architecture