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Library Considers Building an Urban Library

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A design summit features discussions about the possibility of creating an urban library in downtown Springfield. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports

From today through Sunday, you'll have a chance to participate in a discussion about the possibility of opening a library branch in downtown Springfield.

All weekend, students from the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University and the Public Advisory Committee for the Springfield Greene County Library District will hold a design summit as part of the Center City Visioning Process.

The goal is to generate ideas that in the next couple of years could lead to the creation of an urban library in the downtown area.

The summit began at 1:30 today and continues round the clock til 2PM Sunday. It's taking place at the storefront at 412 South Street.

Jeanne Duffy is the Community Relations Director for the library district.

Duffy says the public's involvement is critical.

She says members of the public need to help create the library that they will use.

Opening a library branch in downtown Springfield could have some ramifications for the Midtown-Carnegie Branch library, located on East Central Street.

Again, Jeanne Duffy.

But Duffy stresses no decision has been made.

The library district is still paying off the Library Center on the south side of Greene County and the Library Station on the north side of Springfield.

And the library district hasn't chosen a possible location for a downtown library.

Duffy says this weekend's summit will include a discussion of possible sites.

Again, the design summit for a future urban library in downtown Springfield began this afternoon at 1:30 and continues round the clock until 2 P-M Sunday.

The public is invited to stop by the storefront at 412 South Street anytime this weekend to participate in the summit.