Olathe Public Library reopens in new, temporary home after water main break causes 6-month shut down

OLATHE, Kan. -- An Olathe library that has been closed for the past six-months due to flooding is finally re-opening Friday.  But it’s in a different place, and its new home is only temporary.

For the past six months, workers have been moving all the books and other materials from the Indian Creek Branch located at 129th and Black Bob, just a mile and a half away.

Two years from now, they’ll move all these books and materials again – from here into an old HyVee right down the street.

In March, a water line broke inside the library and caused massive flooding. When the librarians came to work, they found six-inches of standing water inside – along with water gushing through the door into the parking lot.

There was so much damage Olathe decided to shut it down for good, figuring it would be more cost-effective to move to a new, larger location rather than fix up the current building.

The city spent close to $3-million on the old HyVee at 135th and Broughman and will spend the next two years repurposing that building from a grocery store into a state-of-the-art library.

In the meantime, patrons can visit this new temporary branch in the Santa Fe Shopping Center. The location will open its doors at 9 a.m., and the official ribbon cutting scheduled for 10:15 a.m. They also have a bunch of activities for the kids and families Friday, click here to learn more.