St. Matthews Library

There was great news for Library lovers last week, when Mayor Greg Fischer announced that he will ask Metro Council to make a $1 Million appropriation for the expansion of the St. Matthews Eline Library, located at 3940 Grandview Avenue.  The Mayor made the announcement in his annual State of the City address.

St. Matthews Eline is the highest circulation library in the Louisville Free Public Library system.  It is located in District 9, in space provided by the City of St. Matthews, but is used by residents of a number of Metro Council districts.

The City of St. Matthews has proposed expanding the building to make more room for the library and it is estimated that it will spend at least $3 Million on the expansion.  Louisville Metro would add $1 Million.  I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the project, and Louisville Metro’s participation, since hearing of the possibility early last year.  It is great to see this kind of cooperation between Louisville Metro and the City of St. Matthews, to better serve the citizens we jointly represent.  Many thanks to St. Matthews and Mayor Rick Tonini for taking the lead on this investment in lifelong learning.

Mayor Fischer’s request for the Louisville Metro investment needs Metro Council approval and will first be considered by the Budget Committee, on which I serve.

Read more about the expansion plans in Martha Elson’s story from the Courier-Journal: