Designs for new library in Youngstown unveiled to community

The Michael Kusalaba Branch Library will take the place of the current West Library on Mahoning Avenue

The new library will take the place of the West Library on Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown.

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The public was able to see designs for Youngstown’s new Michael Kusalaba Branch Library Thursday evening.

The architect for the project presented the interior and exterior designs, as well as a floor plan, to the crowd at the Austintown library tonight.

The new branch will take the place of the current West Library on Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown.

It is being named in honor of the Michael Kusalaba Fund of the Youngstown Foundation, which donated over $1 million.

Library staff and city officials are excited about the new look and technology the building will bring to the city.

“It is a branch that combines sort of the traditional elements of a community library but also technology hub, so different types of technology than you see in other parts of the county, as well as our pop-up and outreach services will be housed there,” said Director Heidi Daniel.

Library officials hope to open the new branch in 2017, with the groundbreaking happening this fall.


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