The Louisville Free Public Library Master Facilities Plan was created in 2008 to provide the citizens of Louisville with a roadmap to achieve the highest quality library services. The city has made significant progress on the plan, dramatically increasing the available materials and space. 

The Library Foundation has played a pivotal role in all of the Master Facilities Plan projects. Donors to the Foundation have enabled projects to be exceptional, rather than just acceptable.

For each of the large construction projects showcased on this page, the Library Foundation provided new books, furniture, and technology, thanks to the generosity of donors, including The James Graham Brown Foundation, The C. E. & S. Foundation, The Gheens Foundation, the Humana Foundation, the LG&E-KU Foundation, the Friends of the Library, and many other individuals, foundations, and corporations. 

July 2, 2013, the Louisville Free Public Library broke ground on the Southwest Regional Library site; it opened October 5, 2014.

Southwest Regional Library

The new Southwest Regional Library opened October 5, 2014. One of the Foundation's largest capital projects, the first of three regional libraries is 40,000 square feet with much improved access to a host of new computers, and more than 100,000 books. To view a slide show of the construction progress and the ribbon cutting celebration, click the link below.

LFPL Southwest Regional Library

Renovations to the Shively branch included a new entrance, which is handicap accessible, enhanced ADA accessibility, more public internet computers, improved heating and air conditioning systems, and new carpets, ceilings and wall finishes.

Shively Library

The $358,000 renovation to the Shively Library was funded largely by Metro Councilmembers Mary C. Woolridge, Marianne Butler, Rick Blackwell, and Attica Scott, the City of Shively, and the Library Foundation. The library reopened its doors April 23, 2014 after three short months of renovations. 

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In 2012 MSR and Luckett & Farley, the two architectural firms responsible for the design of Shawnee's expansion, received an Honor Award for Excellence in Architectural Design by the Kentucky Society of Architects.

Shawnee Library

The $1.6 million renovation and expansion of the Shawnee Library in 2010 was funded through a Community Development Block Grant and through grants and gifts to the Library Foundation. Major donors to the project include The James Graham Brown Foundation, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Friends of the Library.

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Built with advanced “green” technologies and eco-friendly architectural design, the Fairdale library was awarded LEED Silver-certification in August 2013.

Fairdale Library

Construction on the new 7,600 square foot building totaled nearly $2.2 million and was made possible through funding from Metro Louisville, The C.E. & S. Foundation, The Gheens Foundation, The Humana Foundation, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and the Friends of the Library. 

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Landmark Initiative

Following the devastating flooding in August, 2009, the Library Foundation, along with many generous donors, set out to help the Library restore and renovate the historic Main branch. Response from the community — and throughout the nation — was overwhelming. Through donors to the Landmark Initiative and the Flood Recovery Fund, the Library Foundation was able to grant nearly $2 million to the renovation and restoration of the Main Library.

Click on the gallery to the right for more photos of the flood and the renovations that followed. For a comprehensive photo gallery of the damage and restoration work, please visit

Built with advanced “green” technologies and eco-friendly architectural design, the Newburg library was awarded LEED Silver-certification in 2011.

Newburg Library

In 2008, LFPL broke ground on what was to be a brand new, 8,348 square foot library — the first ever for the Newburg neighborhood. The branch opened in August 2009. Donors to the Library Foundation made possible significant upgrades to the furnishings and technology at the Newburg Library. Much of the book collection, as well, was funded by the Library Foundation.

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