ELKHART – A $4.5 million investment to improve Elkhart Public Library’s neighborhood branches is underway.
The first two branches to be renovated will be the Dunlap Branch, 58485 C.R. 13,
Elkhart and the Cleveland Branch, 53715 C.R. 1, Elkhart, which will both close for construction on Jan. 20.
For updates on branch closings and construction, as well as other information about alternate branches, visit MyEPL.org/branches.
When construction concludes at the fourth branch, in 2022, library guests will find friendly spaces to study and collaborate in small groups. Building additions at three locations will expand spaces for children’s events, and power users will find the collections of books and movies easier to browse.
None of EPL’s four branches have had significant improvements made since their openings. Cleveland, the newest location, opened in 2001. Pierre Moran and Osolo have been in their buildings since the late 1980s, and Dunlap opened in the early 1990s.
Ideas for the project were developed over the course of the past few years, with the public invited to provide critical input during the library’s strategic planning process in 2018.
MKM architecture + design has placed the ideas to improve Elkhart libraries on paper, and Wilburn Construction will serve as the general contractor.