The South Central Regional Library Project

Construction is well underway on the new South Central Regional Library located on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and McCawley Road in Okolona (site plan). The 40,000 square foot library will be similar to Southwest Regional Library and is slated to open in late Spring 2017.

This state-of-the-art building will replace the considerably smaller Okolona branch library and will enhance service for more than 160,000 people in south central Jefferson County. Filled with new books and cutting edge technology, the library will be a place that encourages learning at all stages of life.

The total price tag for construction, books, computers and furnishings is estimated at $14.5 million, with $6 million coming from the state, $6 million in capital funds allocated by Mayor Fischer and approved by the Metro Council, and the additional $2.5 million raised from private donors.

COLLIDER Artist-In-Residence Program

LFPL is now accepting applications for its COLLIDER Artist-In-Residence program at the South Central Regional Library. Special thanks to Councilwoman Madonna Flood for making this paid artist-in-residence program possible.

We Listened To You

In planning the new South Central Regional Library, we asked you about your community and what features you would most like to see. Citizens attended three community forums this past spring and completed online surveys to share their design ideas. Below is a summary of the suggestions and ideas:

Library design and construction:

Materials for the new collection:




General comments:

The South Central Regional Library is the second of three regional libraries included in the Louisville Free Public Library’s Updated Master Facilities Plan, which was approved by the Metro Council in 2009. The Southwest Regional Library opened its doors on October 5, 2014. The third planned regional library is slated for northeast Jefferson County. 


With shovels in hand, Mayor Greg Fischer and members of the community officially broke ground September 18, 2015 on the new South Central Regional Library. To see photos of the official Groundbreaking Ceremony on our Facebook page, click here.


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Last Updated: 5/26/17