Meetings scheduled to discuss improving Youngstown libraries

There are two meetings scheduled Monday, Oct. 24

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – There are 15 libraries in the public system of Youngstown and Mahoning County, but a new plan may soon put that number down to 13.

A meeting was held Monday afternoon to discuss the possible merger of Brownlee Woods, Campbell and Struthers. It was held at East Library, led by consultants hired by the library’s board to take a look how the libraries are used.

Their goal is to come up with a plan that might include new construction. Their decision will come after they gather information from the public and take a look at demographic, according to library Communications Director Janet Loew.

“Populations shift. These libraries have been in these communities for quite a long time,” she said. “You have population shifts, trends and usage change, school locations may change. There are a number of things that happen over the years.

Another meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Newport Library, located at 3730 Market St.

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