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Out with the old and in with the new - in this case, an architecturally stunning, state of the art new central library for Salt Lake City.
Of course, it is a repository for information, especially books and periodicals. It incorporates operational advances that make it one of the best in the nation. And it appropriately blends the burgeoning age of technology with traditional forms of preserving, conveying and sharing information.
But, it is much more than a conventional library. The capital city is gaining a major civic center that promises to become a significant gathering place for residents and visitors, as well as a landmark structure in Utah.
One look at the striking crescent wall conveys the immediate message that this is no ordinary facility.
Indeed, Library Square is destined to become a source of community pride.
With an eye to the future, Salt Lake City voters in 1998 overwhelmingly and wisely approved an $84 million general obligation bond to cover costs associated with the new facility.
Now, the library is here. It officially opens tomorrow and in coming months public tours will be offered daily. KSL encourages one and all to make time for a visit. This is a building and a facility everyone needs to see. Moreover, it is one most will want to use.