GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- An idea that’s been in the works for 23 years will become a reality in a few weeks. 

According to Grand Island Library Director Celine Swan, the staff has always wanted to have police at the library since they are at malls, schools, and airports.

Officers will soon be working out of a new substation at the Library. Swan said the library is a natural place for them to be at and it will make it more convenient for everyone. 

Swan said the main purpose is so that people are comfortable and for safety reasons. She said she hopes the addition will be a positive thing for the community.

“We don’t want people to feel like this is a place that they can’t come in to," she said. "It’s more of a partner, when the police are here, they are very respectful of all of our patrons, sometimes we have to call them to come out if we have a situation."

The library is planning an open house to show off the new substation.