CPRA plans to modify libraries on southeast side of town

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The Allen County Public Library is considering making big changes to libraries on the southeast side of town.

The Shawnee branch is being considered for closure as per their recent “master plan”. After months of site visits, staff and customer surveys, focus groups and community conversations, they released this draft.


The building dates back to 1973, with a renovation that took place in 2003. According to the Shawnee branch report, the general condition of the building is in poor condition, the site is not suitable for future expansion, and officials of the library say a possible renovation. does not carry a 10 year service claim.

Pamela Martain-Diaz, former director of the Shawnee branch, said when she heard the news of a possible dismantling, she had not thought of herself, but of the community served by the library.

Library officials say they are making this process transparent to the community. This plan is not set in stone, but rather a starting point for ongoing dialogue with the community as a whole.

The next public meeting is set for Wednesday Game 9 at 6 p.m. This will be another opportunity for community voices to be heard.

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