By the late 1990s, it was obvious that the entire Allen County Public Library system needed more space. Tentative plans were made, and a petition drive to gather Allen County property owners' signatures in support of a bond to pay for an expansion of the Main Library facility and improvements for most branches began on September 11, 2001. Many local citizens, young and old, joined in the campaign.


After the bond initiative passed, plans were made to leave the Main Library while it was undergoing its renovation. The Genealogy Department was the first of the Main Library agencies to close leaving empty shelves...


...and leaving behind the card catalog.


Books were loaded onto large carts and wrapped in plastic for the ride...

...to Renaissance Square.


Next: Rebuilding!