Bossier Parish Library announces plans to move forward on a new Central Library facility

BOSSIER CITY, LA — On October 22, the Library Board of Control approved plans to move forward on the construction of a new $9.5 million Central Library & History Center. Heather McEntee, Director of Libraries for Bossier Parish Libraries said bids on the construction of the new facility, which will be located on City Hall Drive, will hopefully be advertised sometime in the first quarter of 2021.

“We’re excited about the prospect for providing a state-of-the-art facility for our library patrons,” McEntee stated. The current Central Library & History Center complex is three buildings that have been pieced together over the last 30+ years.

Plans to build a new Central Library have been in the works in some form since 2011 with several previous designs being halted due to high costs and limitations of renovating the existing building. The first renovation design was projected at $20 million. In 2019 the Bossier Parish Police Jury facilitated the purchase of land on City Hall Drive from the City of Bossier City providing the opportunity for new construction. In planning, the library reserved and allocated funds for this project specifically so there would be no need to ask taxpayers for more money, nor would a bond issue be needed.

Included in the 39,300 sqaure foot facility will be an expanded History Center which McEntee said is designed to become a destination center. “We want the History Center to be a vital part of the library experience,” she said. “We’re planning to have interactive displays that will bring our history to life.”

For more information about these capital projects, how they are funded, why they are needed, and how the library contributes to economic development, visit https://www.bossierlibrary.org/about/central-faq.