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Elyria library's board selects design for new site


The Elyria Public Library System’s Board of Trustees picked a design Monday for the new Central Branch library to be located downtown.

The design underwent a comment period where trustees gave feedback and suggestions as to what they liked and what they would like to have changed.

The design for the new Central Branch library still is not finalized and will undergo a few more revisions before it is completed, but the central theme will likely remain the same.

As is, the new library would feature glass windows mixed with some brick. The front would face the north side (Broad Street) and would be mostly glass. The inside would include an adult reading area and a kids’ area as well.

The children’s area will likely be mostly glass windows that will face Pioneer Park on a corner. The library will be clearly visible from Pioneer Plaza.

Facing alongside East Avenue will be a drive-up window for returning books and other services, and there also will be a delivery and loading area. How that side of the building would look went through much debate and will face a few more changes before it is finalized. Trustees wanted every side of the building to look welcoming to everyone.

The new library will be flooded with natural lighting where possible, particularly on the north side, which will not receive direct sunlight. There will be some solar parts to the new building as well, to bring in light from the ceiling.

The design firm, CLBH Design, is not sure what the brick or stone will look like, because the costs of it are not set. There also will be some room for green space, which will help connect the library to the park.

The board was excited about the look and design of the building, and ultimately agreed on some changes to make to the design, which they will review once those are finished. One board member remarked that the design fits in well with the city.

Although it is not yet finalized, the group agreed they were close to the next stage, which is sending it to the design committee.

After the design committee approves the final design, it will head to Elyria’s Planning Committee for approval. The designs were not made available to The Chronicle-Telegram, but they may be finished in about a month.

Lyn Crouse, director of Elyria Public Library System, told the group that the current design checks the boxes required by the city, which is a plus for the new library.

Crouse also presented some naming rights opportunities, which the board approved.

Beckett Corp. donated $10,000 for the adult quiet reading room. Richard Stoffer requested to have the central entryway to be named in honor of his wife, Janet, who was once the library’s director. Charles Holtzman donated $5,000 to have the circulation desk named in honor of his wife, Bonnie, who died after a 38 year battle with breast cancer.

Crause said they will work with designers on what the plaques for the honorees will look like, but Bonnie Holtzman’s will have pink boxing gloves on them.

Previously, the Elyria Rotary Club donated $75,000 to be spread out over the next three years for the new library and will have the conference room named after it.

The library will officially break ground on its new South side location on Friday.

Contact Laina Yost at (440) 329-7121 or

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