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Letter: Parking shortage limits public library use

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From: Julia Federle


The Bartholomew County Public Library is a valuable gem in our city. It would be nice if people could visit the library during the weekdays and find a place to park.

I have attempted to visit the library numerous times during the day, only to discover there is nowhere to park. Recently, I was fortunate enough to find a spot to park, but every other parking spot was taken. Upon entering the library I saw about 10 people on the main floor. I heard from a library employee that people who work downtown are using the spots specifically marked for the library and Columbus Area Visitors Center parking. This is unfair to those of us that wish to visit the library and to tourists that are trying to get to the Visitors Center.


While I am upset for not getting to visit the library, I feel especially sorry for those with young children who have to turn away because of the lack of available parking. I think you would find that the majority of the cars parked there are not there to visit the library. This has been going on for several years, and it is only getting worse.

There needs to be a time limit with frequent monitoring. Visitors going on tours should get a pass to display on their dash. I believe that the parking lot is city owned, and I am hoping someone from the city will take notice of this situation and work to rectify it.

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