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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A major expansion plan is in the works for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

A population boom in the Sylvania area has prompted library officials to build one of the networks largest libraries. The new branch will go up at the intersection of King Road and Sylvania Avenue.

The project is still in the very early stages, in fact the library has just hired a design architect.

"It will be closer to my house, and I would love to walk down there to do the volunteer work or even when I need a book, anything it will be closer to my house," said library visitor Sipra Rey.

Library officials say population and business growth in the area led them to build a new branch there.

"Since 1975, believe it or not, we have been working with the planning commission in Lucas County, and there recommendation back then is that we need to keep an eye on that sector of the county, because population was shifting there," said Superintendent of Facilities and Operations Charlie Oswanski.

The library system purchased the 5.3 acres of land from Sylvania Schools a few years ago for more than $600,000. They have since purchased more land so they could have a larger facility.

They are hoping to build a library that is at least 20,000 square feet, which would be one of the largest libraries in the county.

There is no specific dollar amount on how much the project will cost, but Oswanski says the funds are will be in place. 

"With such a large growing community, and that synergy that is going to be going on we hope to do a nice campus to serve that growing population that it will be a special location," said Oswanski.

The library system hopes to break ground on the new branch in the spring of 2015. A meeting will be held to get the public's input on the project. That meeting has not yet been scheduled.

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