New reading room at central library completed

The Lexington Public Library has opened a new quiet reading room, completing a renovation of the central library’s third floor that includes an expanded local history and genealogy center.

The Adalin and William Wichman Reading Room offers a quiet, enclosed area with seating. It honors the Wichmans, for whom memorial gifts were given to fund it. Adalin Wichman was the artist who designed the Foucault pendulum and equine frieze in the central library rotunda, and her husband was a Lexington architect.

The reading room is adjacent to the newly expanded Kentucky Room. With the renovation of the space last year, the Kentucky Room now offers computers and scanners for digitizing photos and documents, a wand scanner for easy scan of books and documents, and a collection of Kentucky-related fiction and nonfiction available for checkout.