New library branch coming to Sylvania

SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) - Library officials have taken one of many steps necessary to bring another branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Library to residents of Sylvania.

Both the Sylvania Board of Education and the Toledo-Lucas County Library Board approved the sale of a piece of land owned by a school district at the intersection of King Road and Sylvania Avenue.

Library officials said this was not a spontaneous plan.

"We've been working with the plan commission since 1975. That was the first study that said this area is going to grow in population and you need to think about additional library service," said Charlie Oswanski with the Toledo-Lucas County Library.

More than 30 years later, the vacant lot at the intersection of King and Sylvania will be the new home to the city's second branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Library. Officials said they plan to follow in the footsteps of other new libraries across the county, making more available to patrons, such as technology.

"People can do audio visual production, other types of authoring, writing. So libraries find themselves supporting that kind of service to their patrons more than ever. It would be that kind of model. More technology," explained Oswanski.

The question of when the new facility and amenities will be available is still undetermined. No plans for construction have been made yet.

"We've done that in the past, in different areas of the county, where we knew we weren't in the position to build right away. But we knew that the service was needed, the demand was there," said Oswanski.

One thing library officials can assure eager library visitors is the new branch will only mean expansion. No facilities are going to close because of the new library and its services.

"No other facilities are going to close because of additional library service. Sylvania will remain where it is and open. Holland will remain where it is and open. So, again, our focus is on the much needed passage of an operating levy," said Oswanski.

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