The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a merger with the Beech Grove Public Library. The merger, which has already been approved by the Beech Grove Public Library Board, will become effective June 1.
The Beech Grove Library will be integrated into the Indy Library system. The integration is expected to continue for several months, during which time Beech Grove users can continue to use their current library cards. Cardholders in both districts can also continue to use each other’s facilities.
The Indy Library says the merger will give Beech Grove users access to more materials through the Indy Library’s collection.
"Through our prolonged research that included a tremendous level of community input, it became apparent that consolidation provides mutual benefits for each library district," said David Wantz, president of The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees. "It eliminates gaps in access to resources for all residents on the city’s south side while achieving greater efficiency and sustainability in operations."
Four members of the Beech Grove Library board will join the Indy Library board, creating an interim 11-member board through the end of the year. A new seven-member board will be named in 2017.