New Main Library nearing soft opening
BATON ROUGE - The new Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard won't officially open until mid-April, but you'll get the chance to get inside before then.
The new $35 million environmentally friendly library is double the size of the old main library. It offers 140 computers and a half million books and other items in circulation. There's dedicated sections for children and teens as well as quiet sections and meeting rooms.
The grand opening is scheduled for April 19, but the library will have a soft opening sometime during the week of January 12 once sidewalks are complete.
"This new main library is awesome," said Library Assistant Director Mary Stein. "The building is all about light. The building is fresh. It will inspire you. It's a creative space, and it's a very welcoming space."
Stein says designers and library workers gathered feedback for 10 years and used all of the input and suggestions to make the new main library just right.
"It was all critical to get all that good input and then stir it all up and then come up with this fabulous space that pretty much meets anyone's needs somewhere," she said.
Stein says the new library is completely paid off through funding from a 10-year dedicated property tax. Workers say you won't want to miss out on what the new library has to offer.
"Even when we open shortly, new things are going to be added throughout the next few months or so cause not everything's here which will be good. It will be like a treasure chest that more things are found within the next few months," said Pabby Arnold.
"I think they're just gonna say wow, and I think they're going to say we have this in Baton Rouge? And we're going to say yes, because we deserve it," said Stein.
Stein says there's around 330,000 library card holders in Baton Rouge.