Since the Rushville Public Library opened its doors in 1910, the library has been through changes.
The original library was a two-room facility located in the county courthouse. In the late 1920’s, a combination of public and private monies funded the construction of the present Rushville Public Library at 3rd and Morgan Streets.
Over the years of use by the community, the facility has seen two significant renovations. In the 1950’s, a mezzanine, where adult non-fiction is shelved, was added. During 1988-89, the library received new lighting, air conditioning, carpet and walls. Lower level rooms for meetings, technical services and genealogy were generated from existing rooms and workmen excavated under the library to create storage areas.
All of the renovations combined created the facility as the community knows it today, rich with opportunity for those who enter. However, while providing valuable services over the past 82 years, the existing structure is now in need of serious renovations and expansions.
With more than 102 years of history behind it, the library improves the quality of life by providing resources that boost educational opportunities, supplying diverse entertainment, serving all ages and uniting friends and family.
“As the community and society grows, advances and matures, the library’s function and facility must meet these changes and ensure the continuation of resources, services and programs that Rush County has benefited from since 1910,” Sue Otte, the library director, stated. “Unfortunately, the 82 year old library cannot satisfy present needs, nor will it be suitable for future generations without improvements and expansion.”
The library needs helps in many areas, one of them being help with people who have special needs.
“Elderly and special-needs patrons find the library increasingly inaccessible and unwelcoming with its ramps, numerous steps, lack of comfortable seating and narrow aisles,” Otte said.
Other renovations that need to be made are reconstruction of crumbling walls, buckling windows and expanding.