INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to approve a merger with the Beech Grove Public Library.
The decision follows a similar unanimous vote earlier this month by Beech Grove's board.
Four members of the Beech Grove Public Library Board of Trustees will join the current Indianapolis board to form an interim 11-member board through 2016. A brand new seven-member board will be named in 2017.
Indy library board of trustees President Dr. David Wantz released a statement lauding the merger.
“Through our prolonged research that included a tremendous level of community input, it became apparent that consolidation provides mutual benefits for each library district,” Wantz said. “It eliminates gaps in access to resources for all residents on the city’s Southside while achieving greater efficiency and sustainability in operations.”
The merger is expected to give Beech Grove library patrons access to more materials through the Indy Library collection, which includes nearly 1.7 million physical items and 200,000 digital eBooks and audiobooks.