SEGUIN -- Three years and $14 million later, the New Seguin Public Library is set to open Thursday evening.
Voters approved the funding in a bond after library director Jackie Gross said that it became clear the city outgrew its old library.
“We’ve been working on getting a new library for Seguin for over 10 years," she said. “The original library was a wonderful setting. It served its purpose well/ But it was built in the 60's added onto in the 80's and the infrastructure can’t handle the technology that people are demanding now.”
The new library holds more computers, more books, and has way more space to welcome people for meetings and classes. The old library was around 15,000 square feet compared to the new library which sits at over 40,000.
“We want it to be a gathering place for the community, definitely," Gross said.
Seguin's Mayor, Don Keil, said that the city conducted an extensive search before settling on the new library's location. It sits near the center of town, right on Walnut Branch and the hike/bike trail that runs through town.
“This is the center of our city; it’s the heart of our culture here," Keil said.
There's a new children's center with a story room overlooking Walnut Branch, two terraces with outdoor seating, and a technology lab on the second floor.
“It’s a true destination. It’s not just a place that houses books," Keil said.
The grand opening starts at 5:30 pm Thursday, and there are events planned through the end of the weekend to celebrate the new library.
(© 2016 KENS)