Library Trustees Approve Partnership with Campbell Schools for New Library Location

YOUNGSTOWN (June 28, 2017/For Immediate Release) – The Board of Trustees, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC), today unanimously approved moving forward with locating the Campbell Branch Library inside the Campbell School’s ARCC recreation center.

The Trustees met in special session and passed a motion to “move the Campbell Library to the location of the Campbell School’s ARCC project” and authorized the Interim Library Director Susan Merriman and Library Trustee Board President Dr. David Ritchie to consult with legal counsel to finalize wording and terms of the agreement and have the Board President enter into the agreement.

The space will be leased for a period of 50 years at $525,000 rent for that period of time. The agreement will include an allowance for the Library to vacate the space at 10 years if so desired, with a prorated rebate.

The Library would have 3,000 square feet of space within the building and a separate entrance.

Heidi Daniel, Library Executive Director, said, “This option is affordable and almost risk-free. This move would give us a meaningful way to serve the Campbell community and puts the branch in a place where more people can access our materials and services.”

Architect Brett Hendricks of BSHM Architects Inc. of Youngstown, consultant for the library on the Brownlee Woods, Struthers, Campbell consolidation project, attended today’s meeting and told the board the consultants are recommending this option for the Campbell Library.

Campbell Library will have a temporary location in the interim

The current Campbell Library building was temporarily closed due to severe roofing issues. Since construction of the Campbell School’s ARCC is down the road, PLYMC was looking for a way to provide service to the community in the interim. Campbell Schools Superintendent Matthew Bowen offered to provide the Library with space inside the D’Amato Field House on 6th Street in the interim. This location is expected to open in the fall. In the meantime, the Pop-Up Library will schedule visits in the Campbell area in July and August, and Struthers Library is expected to open one additional day.


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