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Missoula's new public library breaks ground this spring

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This spring, the Missoula Public Library will be breaking ground for a long overdue remodel. This was all made possible by Missoula county voters who passed the $30 million library bond back in November of 2016.

The new central library will be built in the 400 East Main block of downtown Missoula, just a block away from the current location.

Library staff say this will allow the library to operate at its current location during construction without any service interruptionsThis also saves money, since it won't have to pay moving costs while preparing for the groundbreaking.

The library is hosting its a new fundraiser called Love Your LibraryThe goal is to raise $15,000 in 15 days to get more books for the new library shelves.

We talked to library patrons who are excited about having a new library.

"I have lived in a city where the library was updated," said Thomas Smith. "It really does create a stir in the community, and having a bigger space that accommodates more people and events. It's what Missoula strives for and has done well."

The new library will be 100,000 to 120,000 square feet and feature five levels. Some other features include energy efficiency, highest possible lid certification and climate control for preserving Missoula's community history. An artists' rendering shows how the new building will be more spacious and also accommodate a coffee shop and event space.

Library staff say the new building will offer tripled capacity for computer access and faster internet, since those services are in high demand.

Click here to learn more about the plans for the new library. 

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