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WESTFIELD, Ind.–The Westfield City Council has approved a $16.7 million general obligation bond that would pay for a new public library.

This newly approved bond will cause a two-cent tax increase, but that is supposed to be mitigated by the Westfield Washington School District planning to decrease its tax rate over the next several years.

“Those with property tax caps will see no increase in their property tax bill and we would have a state-of-the-art library that would meet the needs of the community,” said Library Director Sheryl Sollars back in April to You Are Current.

It is 45,000 square feet. It will be built on 3.6 acres in the heart of downtown Westfield.

“This new building will be a centerpiece in the heart of Westfield’s expanding downtown,” says Sollars.

The current library on Hoover Street was built in 1983 and expanded in 1994. It expanded again in 2014. It is 32,230 square feet, but Sollars said that does not offer enough room for further expansion.

“The approval on the bond allows us to finalize the purchase of the new property and put the project out for bid,” said Sollars. “Our hope is to break ground on the new library next spring with a grand opening in the fall of 2023.”

KRM Architects will be the project architect.

Other photos of the library have been included below.

A photo of another exterior photo of the Westfield library

City of Westfield's library photo