Ground broken on new library in downtown Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Ground was broken Tuesday afternoon on the new River Center Library in the spot cleared on Town Square in Baton Rouge.

The old library was closed this summer and the books were moved to the Kress Building on Third Street while the new library is being built. Planners have given the design many of the things widely loved in the new main library on Goodwood Boulevard.

"You're getting a world-class facility right here in downtown," Mayor Kip Holden said. "And when you hear them talking about the technology that's going to be available in this library, it is absolutely amazing. This will become a destination point for other people talking about doing libraries around the country."

The architecture ideas are reminiscent of the outside of the Shaw Center outside. Inside, there are meeting rooms, tech throughout for the public to use, special kids' rooms, business pods and a café and visitors.

Planners said the building is expected to be complete in two years.

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