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Sneak peek at new Goodwood Library

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BATON ROUGE - People were allowed to take a peek today at the newest library in Baton Rouge, which opens in a couple of months.

The new Goodwood branch will be the main office for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system. It cost taxpayers $41 million, but doubles the space of the old building.

The project took two years to complete, and when it opens for good in January will replace a building almost a half-century old.

Library director Spencer Watts said it'll be a great destination for people both to visit in person, and online.

"We have over a million visitors each year, but we also have a million virtual visitors also," he said.

The main library serves as the hub for the yearly circulation of more than 2 million that the library sees. It's where all new books first come, and the foundation for all digital programs that the library has to offer.

"Functions of the library have changed over time too," Watts said. "We need collaborative spaces. Space to work on projects, access to digital projects."

Watts said about 30 percent of East Baton Rouge Parish is without a home internet connection. The library serves as a place where many come for that need, or any other reasons of personal enrichment.

 

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