New $14.5 million South Central Regional Library opens in Okolona

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Adults and children can checkout more than books at Louisville's newest library. 

The new $14.5 million South Central Regional Library opened Friday near the Jefferson Mall in Okolona.  It replaces the much smaller Okolona library. 

The new eco-friendly library features more than 120,000 books and other materials, including more bestsellers, DVDs, large type, materials in multiple languages, books for youth, and graphic novels.  There are also two large community meeting rooms. 

There are plenty of computers and free internet access, plus, for the first time, a laptop kiosk for patrons to checkout laptops for use within the library.

Louisville Free Public Library director Jim Blanton says the library will also showcase the work of local artists. The new COLLIDER artist-in-residence program. And there will be art rotating into the library on a monthly basis to include visual arts, traditional crafts, music, dance, and digital art. There will also be public workshops with each artist's month in residence. 

The building was built to be eco-friendly preserving surrounding trees, minimizing environmental impact and natural lighting from large windows. 

The library the second of three regional libraries included in the Louisville Free Public Library's Updated Master Facilities Plan; the Southwest Regional Library opened in 2014, and construction on the third regional library in Northeast Jefferson County will begin this year.

The opening weekend celebration continues on Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with artist-in-residence demonstrations, a family scavenger hunt, storytimes, and refreshments. For more information on the new South Central Regional Library, please visit, or call (502) 964-3515. 

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