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Jeanne Hamilton

Bloomington Public Library entrance
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The Bloomington City Council is expected to get its first look at conceptual designs for a scaled-down $15 million library expansion by late summer.

Libraries across the country are ditching overdue fees after finding that the penalties drive away the people who stand to benefit the most from free library resources.

Bloomington Public Library entrance
WGLT file photo / Bloomington Public Library

Bloomington Public Library officials say they don't have a firm dollar amount they are willing to spend on a planned expansion, but they say it will be scaled down from previous plans the city has rejected.

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The Bloomington Public Library expansion plan has been in the works for nearly two decades. But the most recent proposal has some, including Mayor Tari Renner, concerned about the timeline.