The merger will give Beech Grove users access to more materials and services through the Indy Library collection than are currently available to them, including nearly 1.7 million physical items, 200,000 eBooks and digital audiobooks and a variety of online databases.
Additional offerings will allow access to digital magazines and streaming movies and music. Beech Grove cardholders will be able to receive notices on holds and overdue items via text and/or email and renew materials via a smartphone and other mobile capabilities.
“Through our prolonged research that included a tremendous level of community input, it became apparent that consolidation provides mutual benefits for each library district,” said Dr. David W. Wantz, president of IndyPL’s board of trustees. “It eliminates gaps in access to resources for all residents on the Southside while achieving greater efficiency and sustainability in operations.”
In terms of governance, four members of the Beech Grove board of trustees will join the Indy board to form an interim 11-member board through 2016. In 2017 a new seven-member board will be named.