Plans are in the works for a new library building in downtown Canton.
Stark Library is looking to construct a 70,000-square-foot Main Library on the grounds of the existing building, along with a 15,000-square-foot Operations Center across the street. Officials plan to work on designs for both buildings this year, with a goal of breaking ground on the new Operations Center in 2024 and the Main Library in 2026.
"The building of a new library is really all about how we are committing our institution to serving our community and being good stewards of public dollars and providing valuable resources to our residents," Stark Library CEO and Executive Director Mary Ellen Icaza said.
The existing Main Library at 715 Market Ave. N was built in 1978. The 114,000-square-foot facility has not been updated since 2001.