Where Are We Going?
Since the Indian Creek Branch opened in 2001, the library has continued to grow. Total checkout of library materials has increased by 91% since 2000. In 2010, 636,678 people visited the two branches and checked out 1.5 million items. Olatheans love their libraries!
However, in an effort to provide you with the materials you need, our shelves have begun to overflow. The Indian Creek Branch, built to hold 50,000 materials now has more than 70,000, while the main library is at its capacity of 100,000 items. Despite the need to expand services, a bond vote in 2004, which would have allowed three more branches to be built, was defeated by only 893 votes.
In 2010, we offered 569 storytimes and special programs for children and 334 programs for adults and teens. While we offer programs on both sides of town, limited meeting room space at the main library means that most of our larger programs have to be held at the Indian Creek branch.
In 2007, the library hired a consulting firm to help determine our future. They completed their report in 2008, and provided us with recommendations on how best to serve our community for the next 20 years. This included information on both services and facilities.
In order to continue to meet the expanding needs of the Olathe community, it has been recommended that we rebuild the main library downtown and expand the Indian Creek Branch, adding much needed space to both locations. In addition to these improvements to current facilities, it was also recommended that the library build a new branch in the northwest portion of Olathe, and eventually build a branch to the south as well.
2010 Nancy Quinlisk Chandler
Volunteer Award Winner
How will we achieve these goals? The same way we have for the last hundred years - through the generous support of the Olathe community. The Olathe Public Library is your hometown library, and with your continued support, we will always be here to serve you.